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Martyrdom, Self-Sacrifice, and Self-Immolation : Religious Perspectives on Suicide - (Paperback)

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Suicide in the forms of martyrdom, self-sacrifice, or self-immolation is perennially controversial: Should it rightly be termed suicide? Does religion sanction it? Should it be celebrated or anathematized? At least some idealization of such self-chosen deaths is found in every religious tradition treated in this volume, from ascetic heroes who conquer their passions to save others by dying, to righteous warriors who suffer and die valiantly while challenging the status quo. At the same time, there are persistent disputes about the concepts used to justify these deaths, such as altruism, heroism, and religion itself. In this volume, renowned scholars bring their literary and historical expertise to bear on the contested issue of religiously sanctioned suicide. Three examine contemporary movements with disputed classical roots, while eleven look at classical religious literatures which variously laud and disparage figures who invite self-harm to the point of death. Overall, the volume offers an important scholarly corrective to the axiom that religious traditions simply and always embrace life at any cost.
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Language: English
Street Date: June 1, 2018
TCIN: 53679704
UPC: 9780190656492
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-9443
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