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Martyrdom and Terrorism: Pre-Modern to Contemporary Perspectives

Dominic Janes and Alex Houen


Many of those committing recent terrorist attacks have been intent, and have often succeeded, in killing themselves in the process. This volume explores and compares religious and secular traditions of martyrdom and terrorism. Martyrdom is, in a certain sense, central to the Christian tradition, insofar as this is an appropriate description for Christ’s Passion. Islamic notions also link shahadat (martyrdom) to “bearing witness” to faith and God. In Christianity, martyrdom is not necessarily limited to those who are persecuted or die in having their faith opposed; a martyr can be one who leads ... More

Keywords: martyrdom, terrorism, French Revolution, Christianity, Islam, Roman, Jihad, holy war, sacrifice, media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199959853
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Janes, editor
Birkbeck College, University of London

Alex Houen, editor
Cambridge University

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