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The Marvel of Martyrdom: The Power of Self-Sacrifice in a Selfish World

Sophia Moskalenko and Clark McCauley


THE MARVEL OF MARTYRDOM is about how martyrs can change the world and how self-sacrifice can change lives. The book starts with famous and influential martyrs, such as Jesus and Gandhi. But the pinnacles of martyrdom can only be reached via the plains of everyday selflessness. Every martyr examined began with smaller forms of self-sacrifice familiar to everyone—every parent, every lover, every friend. Every famous martyr succeeded in challenging injustice by appealing to people’s capacity to appreciate self-sacrifice and to follow in the martyr’s footsteps with sacrifices of their own. Unravel ... More

Keywords: psychology, martyrdom, self-sacrifice, heroism, radicalization, revolution, altruism, culture, terrorism, politics, Russia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190689322
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190689322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophia Moskalenko, author
Department of Homeland Security Postdoctoral Fellow, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism - University of Maryland

Clark McCauley, author
Co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, Bryn Mawr College