Religious violence and persecution have been growing steadily both within the United States and around the world. Drawing on the expertise of a wide range of scholars, this current and comprehensive reference helps readers understand the persecution of members of particular faiths as well as violence committed by members of those faiths. In doing so, it promotes a greater understanding of the role of religion in global politics, domestic and international terrorism, and religious bigotry.
The book contains sections on particular religious traditions from around the world. Each section begins with an overview essay surveying violence related to that particular religion, whether committed by or against members of that faith. Reference entries in each section then provide objective, fundamental information about particular topics related to violence and the religion discussed. The entries provide cross-references and suggestions for further reading, and the work closes with a bibliography of resources for further study.
- Sections are devoted to particular religions from around the world
- Overview essays in each section survey religious violence associated with that particular faith
- Reference entries in each section provide current fundamental information about specific topics related to religious violence within a faith tradition
- Excerpts from primary source documents give readers first-hand accounts of religious violence for critical analysis
- Cross-references and suggestions for further reading direct users to related topics and additional resources