Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence

Completely revised and updated this new edition of i Terror in the Mind of God i incorporates the events of September into Mark Juergensmeyer s landmark study of religious terrorism Juergensmeyer explores the World Trade Center explosion Hamas suicide bombings the Tokyo subway nerve gas attack and the killing of abortion clinic doctors in the United States His personal interviews with World Trade Center bomber Mahmud Abouhalima Christian Right activist Mike Bray Hamas leaders Sheik Yassin and Abdul Azis Rantisi and Sikh political leader Simranjit Singh Mann among others take us into the mindset of those who perpetrate and support violence in the name of religion

Gandhi's Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution, Updated with a New Preface and New Case Study

Gandhi s Way provides a primer of Mahatma Gandhi s principles of moral action and conflict resolution and offers a straightforward step by step approach that can be used in any conflict at home or in business in local national or international arenas This invaluable handbook updated with a new preface and a new case study on terrorism in Northern Ireland sets out Gandhi s basic methods and illustrates them with practical examples Juergensmeyer shows how parties at odds can rise above a narrow view of self interest to find resolutions that are satisfying and beneficial to all involved He then pits Gandhi s ideas against those of other great social thinkers in a series of imaginary debates that challenge and clarify Gandhi s thinking on issues of violence anger and love He also provides a Gandhian critique of Gandhi himself and offers viable solutions to some of the gaps in Gandhian theory br b i Gandhi s Way A Handbook of Conflict Resolution i was previously published as i Fighting with Gandhi i and i Fighting Fair i b

Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to al Qaeda

Why has the turn of the twenty first century been rocked by a new religious rebellion From al Qaeda to Christian militias to insurgents in Iraq a strident new religious activism has seized the imaginations of political rebels around the world Building on his groundbreaking book i The New Cold War Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State i Mark Juergensmeyer here provides an up to date road map through this complex new religious terrain Basing his discussion on interviews with militant activists and case studies of rebellious movements Juergensmeyer puts a human face on conflicts that have become increasingly abstract He revises our notions of religious revolution and offers positive proposals for responding to religious activism in ways that will diminish the violence and lead to an accommodation between radical religion and the secular world

The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State

Will the religious confrontations with secular authorities around the world lead to a new Cold War Mark Juergensmeyer paints a provocative picture of the new religious revolutionaries altering the political landscape in the Middle East South Asia Central Asia and Eastern Europe Impassioned Muslim leaders in Egypt Palestine and Algeria political rabbis in Israel militant Sikhs in India and triumphant Catholic clergy in Eastern Europe are all players in Juergensmeyer s study of the explosive growth of religious movements that decisively reject Western ideas of secular nationalism br br Juergensmeyer revises our notions of religious revolutions Instead of viewing religious nationalists as wild eyed anti American fanatics he reveals them as modern activists pursuing a legitimate form of politics He explores the positive role religion can play in the political life of modern nations even while acknowledging some religious nationalists proclivity to violence and disregard of Western notions of human rights Finally he situates the growth of religious nationalism in the context of the political malaise of the modern West Noting that the synthesis of traditional religion and secular nationalism yields a religious version of the modern nation state Juergensmeyer claims that such a political entity could conceivably embrace democratic values and human rights

Radhasoami Reality: The Logic of a Modern Faith

In this book Mark Juergensmeyer seeks to explain why the religious logic of Radhasoami which is based on the teachings of medieval Hindu saints is so compelling to hundreds of thousands of businessmen intellectuals office managers and other urban professionals in North India Juergensmeyer addresses the perplexing relationship between modernity and religious faith and examines it from historical sociological and phenomenological points of view In this book Mark Juergensmeyer seeks to explain why the religious logic of Radhasoami which is based on the teachings of medieval Hindu saints is so compelling to hundreds of thousands of businessmen intellectuals office managers and other urban professionals in North India Juergensmeyer addresses the perplexing relationship between modernity and religious faith and examines it from historical sociological and phenomenological points of view

The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

This is a reference for understanding world religious societies in their contemporary global diversity Comprising essays the volume focuses on communities rather than beliefs symbols or rites It is organized into six sections corresponding to the major living religious traditions the Indic cultural region the Buddhist Confucian the Jewish Christian and Muslim regions and the African cultural region In each section an introductory essay discusses the social development of that religious tradition historically The other essays cover the basic social factsthe communitys size location organizational and pilgrimage centers authority figures patterns of governance major subgroups and schismsas well as issues regarding boundary maintenance political involvement role in providing cultural identity and encounters with modernity Communities in the diaspora and at the periphery are covered as well as the central geographic regions of the religious traditions Thus for example Islamic communities in Asia and the United States are included along with Islamic societies in the Middle East The contributors are leading scholars of world religions many of whom are also members of the communities they study The essays are written to be informative and accessible to the educated public and to be respectful of the viewpoints of the communities analyzed br

Princeton Readings in Religion and Violence

This groundbreaking anthology provides the most comprehensive overview for understanding the fascinating relationship between religion and violence historically culturally and in the contemporary world Bringing together writings from scholarly and religious traditions it is the first volume to unite primary sources justifications for violence from religious texts theologians and activists with invaluable essays by authoritative scholars br br br The first half of the collection includes original source materials justifying violence from various religious perspectives Hindu Chinese Christian Muslim Jewish and Buddhist Showing that religious violence is found in every tradition these sources include ancient texts and scriptures along with thoughtful essays from theologians wrestling with such issues as military protection and pacifism The collection also includes the writings of modern day activists involved in suicide bombings attacks on abortion clinics and nerve gas assaults The book s second half features well known thinkers reflecting on why religion and violence are so intimately related and includes excerpts from early social theorists such as Durkheim Marx and Freud as well as contemporary thinkers who view the issue of religious violence from literary anthropological postcolonial and feminist perspectives The editors brief introductions to each essay provide important historical and conceptual contexts and relate the readings to one another The diversity of selections and their accessible length make this volume ideal for both students and general readers

Thinking Globally: A Global Studies Reader

In this accessible text Mark Juergensmeyer a pioneer in global studies provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging field of global studies from regional topical and theoretical perspectives Each of the twenty compact chapters in i Thinking Globally i features Juergensmeyer s own lucid introduction to the key topics and offers brief excerpts from major writers in those areas The chapters explore the history of globalization in each region of the world from Africa and the Middle East to Asia Europe and the Americas and cover key issues in today s global era such as br br Challenges of the global economy br Fading of the nation state br Emerging nationalisms and transnational ideologies br Hidden economies of sex trafficking and the illegal drug trade br New communications media br Environmental crises br Human rights abuses br br i Thinking Globally i is the perfect introduction to global studies for students and an exceptional resource for anyone interested in learning more about this new area of study

Global Religions: An Introduction

Can Islam be located on a map Is Europe the center of the Christian world Is India a Hindu nation While decades ago these questions were often answered in the affirmative the truth has never been that simple Not only are adherents of particular faiths spread across the globe but there are many variations of a particular faith practiced side by side This has only become more true in recent years as the pace of globalization has quickened br br The essays collected here provide brief and accessible introductions to the major world religions in their global contexts The volume begins with an introduction to the globalization of religion by Mark Juergensmeyer and is followed by individual essays on Christianity Islam Judaism Hinduism Buddhism and local religious societies The book concludes with three essays reflecting on the global religious scene Taken together these essays provide a concise authoritative and highly readable introduction to the state of worldwide religion in the st century br

God in the Tumult of the Global Square: Religion in Global Civil Society

How is religion changing in the twenty first century In the global era religion has leapt onto the world stage often in contradictory ways Some religious activists are antagonistic and engage in protests violent acts and political challenges Others are positive and help to shape an emerging transnational civil society In addition a new global religion may be in the making providing a moral and spiritual basis for a worldwide community of concern about environmental issues human rights and international peace i God in the Tumult of the Global Square i explores all of these directions based on a five year Luce Foundation project that involved religious leaders scholars and public figures in workshops held in Cairo Moscow Delhi Shanghai Buenos Aires and Santa Barbara In this book the voices of these religious observers around the world express both the hopes and fears about new forms of religion in the global age