War and Religion
An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict [3 volumes]
by Jeffrey M. Shaw and Timothy J. Demy, Editors
March 2017, 1098pp, 8 1/2x11
3 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-516-9
$358, £276, 312€, A491
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War and religion are—and always have been—inextricably linked.

This three-volume reference provides a complete guide for readers investigating the crucial interplay between war and religion from ancient times until today, enabling a deeper understanding of the role of religious wars across cultures.

Containing some 500 entries covering the interaction between war and religion from ancient times, the three-volume War and Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict provides students with an invaluable reference source for examining two of the most important phenomena impacting society today. This all-inclusive reference work will serve readers researching specific religious traditions, historical eras, wars, battles, or influential individuals across all time periods.

The A–Z entries document ancient events and movements such as the First Crusade that began at the end of the 10th century as well as modern-day developments like ISIS and Al Qaeda. Subtopics throughout the encyclopedia include religious and military leaders or other key people, ideas, and weapons, and comprehensive examinations of each of the major religious traditions’ views on war and violence are presented. The work also includes dozens of primary source documents—each introduced by a headnote—that enable readers to go directly to the source of information and better grasp its historical significance. The in-depth content of this set benefits high school and college students as well as scholars and general readers.


  • Enables readers to explore the ongoing and important relationship between war and religion across history through coverage of the wars themselves; the important leaders, battles, and campaigns; and the treaties that resulted from these wars
  • Directs readers to further reading material and supplies a comprehensive bibliography that guides further inquiry into the topic of war and religion
  • Supplies primary source documents that include letters written by participants of the Crusades, proclamations and declarations from the Protestant Reformation, and UN documents related to war and religion
Jeffrey M. Shaw, PhD, is professor of strategy and policy in the College of Distance Education at the Naval War College, Newport, RI. He is the author of Illusions of Freedom: Thomas Merton and Jacques Ellul on Technology and the Human Condition.

Timothy J. Demy, ThD, PhD, is professor of ethics in the College of Operational and Strategic Leadership at the Naval War College, Newport, RI. He is coauthor of War, Peace, and Christianity: Questions and Answers from a Just-War Perspective.


2018 Outstanding Reference Source —Reference and User Services Association [RUSA], February 12, 2018


"[A]ccomplishes its goal of exploring the intersection of religious faith and military conflict. Summing Up: Recommended. High school through undergraduate students; general readers."—Choice, October 1, 2017

"A stellar, comprehensive addition that will shed light on the subject for a wide range of readers, including high school and college students and general readers interested in religion or history."—Library Journal, Starred Review, June 1, 2017

"This is a good introduction to the topic, and provides a jumping-off point for interested students. . . . Recommended."—School Library Connection, November 1, 2017
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