Gods and Arms
On Religion and Armed Conflict
By Kjell-Åke Nordquist
Due for release 27/06/2013
Many of the world’s conflicts have been motivated by religion: the Crusades, the Thirty Years’ War, the on-going tensions between Palestine and Israel, India and Pakistan to name but a few. Religion can be used to morally validate political ideas irrespective of the opinion of the allegedly supporting religion’s majority or institutions. But how is such a link between religion and violent behavior established in the first place?
Gods and Arms is a thought-provoking collection of studies from scholars all over the world compiled by Kjell-Åke Nordquist to examine the connection between religion and armed conflict. It delivers perspective on the promoting and restraining role of religion, and aims to illustrate the variety of uses religion is put to for a particular political cause, whether peaceful or not. The essays contemplate the involvement of religion and fundamentalism in conflicts all over the world, including case studies of hostilities in Sri Lanka, Rwanda, and in the global jihadi war. Contributors examine the reasoning behind religious warfare and how participants rationalize their involvement in such practices.
This engaging study offers guidance in the continual search for answers to the puzzle of religion and war. It will be of great use to students, academics, and anyone seeking to understand the intricacies of religious warfare.
About the Author: Kjell-Åke Nordquist – Visiting Professor, Stockholm School of Theology, Stockholm, Sweden and Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
About the Publisher: The Lutterworth Press has been trading since the eighteenth century and is one of the longest established and best-known independent publishers in the United Kingdom. It has been associated with James Clarke & Co. since 1984.