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Sacred Sound


Sacred Sound
  • Author : Guy L. Beck
  • Publisher : Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
  • Release : 2006-07-17
  • ISBN : 9780889204218
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Explores religion through music, covering 6 of the world's major world religions - Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. This book is accompanied by a CD of forty excerpts of music and chant.

From Civil to Political Religion


From Civil to Political Religion
  • Author : Marcela Cristi
  • Publisher : Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
  • Release : 2006-01-01
  • ISBN : 9780889209381
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Prompted by the shattering of the bonds between religion and the political order brought about by the Enlightenment, Jean-Jacques Rousseau devised a “new” religion (civil religion) to be used by the state as a way of enforcing civic unity. Emile Durkheim, by contrast, conceived civil religion to be a spontaneous phenomenon arising from society itself — a non-coercive force expressing the self-identify or self-definition of a people. In 1967, the American sociologist Robert Bellah rediscovered the concept and applied it to American society in its Durkheimian form. Ever since Bellah’s publication, most authors have sought to explain civil religion in terms of an alleged “spontaneous” integrative role for society. They have emphasized the religious and cultural dimension of the concept, but failed to give due consideration to its political-ideological foundations. Thus, the coercive potential of civil religion has received little attention or has been wrongly relegated to Third World countries. Cristi provides a critique of the civil religion thesis, and identifies the most basic deficiencies of literature on this topic. By contrasting Bellah’s Durkheimian conception with Rousseau’s original formulation, the author discloses the dubious conceptual and empirical basis of the former. She demonstrates the need to rethink Bellah’s thesis in the light of a reinterpretation of Rousseau’s and Durkheim’s classical approaches, and substantiates her critique with a brief comparative survey of state-directed civil religions, and with an informative case study of civil religion in Pinochet’s Chile.

The First World War


The First World War
  • Author : Hew Strachan
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release : 2003-02-06
  • ISBN : 9780191608346
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the first truly definitive history of the First World War, the war that has done most to shape the twentieth century. The first generation of its historians had access to only a limited range of sources, and their focus was primarily on military events. More recent approaches have embraced cultural, diplomatic, economic, and social history. In Hew Strachan's authoritative and readable history these fresh perspectives are incorporated with the military and strategic narrative. The result is an account that breaks the bounds of national preoccupations to become both global and comparative. To Arms, the first of three volumes in this magisterial study, examines not only the causes of the war and its opening clashes on land and sea, but also the ideas that underpinned it, and the motivations of the people who supported it. It provides full and pioneering accounts of the war's finances, of the war in Africa, and of the Central Powers' bid to widen the war outside Europe.

Chinese Buddhism


Chinese Buddhism
  • Author : Joseph Edkins
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013-11-05
  • ISBN : 9781136378881
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Between Terror and Tolerance


Between Terror and Tolerance
  • Author : Timothy D. Sisk
  • Publisher : Georgetown University Press
  • Release : 2011-11-21
  • ISBN : 9781589017979
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Civil war and conflict within countries is the most prevalent threat to peace and security in the opening decades of the twenty-first century. A pivotal factor in the escalation of tensions to open conflict is the role of elites in exacerbating tensions along identity lines by giving the ideological justification, moral reasoning, and call to violence. Between Terror and Tolerance examines the varied roles of religious leaders in societies deeply divided by ethnic, racial, or religious conflict. The chapters in this book explore cases when religious leaders have justified or catalyzed violence along identity lines, and other instances when religious elites have played a critical role in easing tensions or even laying the foundation for peace and reconciliation. This volume features thematic chapters on the linkages between religion, nationalism, and intolerance, transnational intra-faith conflict in the Shi’a-Sunni divide, and country case studies of societal divisions or conflicts in Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Tajikistan. The concluding chapter explores the findings and their implications for policies and programs of international non-governmental organizations that seek to encourage and enhance the capacity of religious leaders to play a constructive role in conflict resolution.