Sacrificing the Self: Martyrdom and Religion (Paperback)
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Short Description for Sacrificing the Self Dying for one's God is one of the most difficult concepts for modern observers of religion to understand. This book seeks to foster a greater understanding of religious martyrdom by explaining how it has been viewed in the world's major religions. The book spans 4000 years of history.
- Published: 18 July 2002
- Format: Paperback 172 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780195150001 ISBN 10: 0195150007
Full description for Sacrificing the Self
Though considered by devotees to be perhaps the most potent expression of religious faith, dying for one's god is also one of the most difficult concepts for modern observers of religion to understand. This is especially true in the West, where martyrdom has all but disapeared and martyrs in other cultures are often viewed skeptically and dismissed as fanatics. This work seeks to foster a greater understanding of these acts of religious devotion by explaining how matyrdom has historically been viewed in the world's major religions. It provides a sustained, cross-cultural examination of this aspect of religious life. Spanning 4000 years of history and ranging from Saul in the Hebrew Bible to Sati immolations in present-day India, this book provides a wealth of insight into an often noted but rarely understood cultural phenomenon.