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God of Battles: Holy Wars of Christianity and Islam

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What makes a war "holy," and who decides that it is? God of Battles examines the origins of holy war, and how it affects the modern world. Peter Partner shows how the ideal of the crusade, "God's War," came to permeate medieval Christendom, and how it influenced later Western societies, especially in their attitudes to colonialism. Above all, this book examines the reasons behind the fear that Islamic fundamentalism excites in the West. From the pre-Christian era to the Gulf War, this book places the jihad of the East and the Crusade of the West in their historical context, and warns against allowing crusading war propaganda to affect our judgments today.

Synopsis:

What makes a war "holy," and who decides that it is? God of Battles examines the origins of holy war, and how it affects the modern world. Peter Partner shows how the ideal of the crusade, "God's War," came to permeate medieval Christendom, and how it influenced later Western societies, especially in their attitudes to colonialism. Above all, this book examines the reasons behind the fear that Islamic fundamentalism excites in the West. From the pre-Christian era to the Gulf War, this book places the jihad of the East and the Crusade of the West in their historical context, and warns against allowing crusading war propaganda to affect our judgments today.

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

MAPS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

1 Holy Wars of the Ancient Near East

2 Jewish Sects in the Hellenistic World

3 Islam and War

4 Christianity and War

5 Muslim and Christian Holy War

6 Two Societies Organized for Holy War

7 Outside the Holy Wars

8 Holy War, Colonies and Conversion

9 Decay and Transformation of Holy War

10 Holy War and the European Empires

11 Modernity and Political Islam

12 Faith, Government and Dissent

13 Western Dreams, Memories and Fears

14 Assumed Identities

GLOSSARY

CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE

NOTES

READING LIST

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691002354
Author:
Partner, Peter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
History
Subject:
Relations
Subject:
War
Subject:
Christianity and other religions
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Crusades
Subject:
Jihad
Subject:
Jihad -- History.
Subject:
Middle Eastern Studies
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
World History/Compa
Subject:
rative History
Subject:
World History/Comparative History
Subject:
Islam -- Relations -- Christianity.
Subject:
Christianity and other religions -- Islam.
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 Illus. 9 maps
Pages:
364
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 20 oz

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"Synopsis" by , What makes a war "holy," and who decides that it is? God of Battles examines the origins of holy war, and how it affects the modern world. Peter Partner shows how the ideal of the crusade, "God's War," came to permeate medieval Christendom, and how it influenced later Western societies, especially in their attitudes to colonialism. Above all, this book examines the reasons behind the fear that Islamic fundamentalism excites in the West. From the pre-Christian era to the Gulf War, this book places the jihad of the East and the Crusade of the West in their historical context, and warns against allowing crusading war propaganda to affect our judgments today.
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