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01-15-2010, 02:47 AM
I just got my copy of the JAAR (December 2009 Vol. 77 (4)) in the mail yesterday. Their 'focus unit' is Sanctified Violence in History and they've got a collection of some good articles. Here's the introduction blurb .

In recent decades, the relationship between "violence" and "religion" in contemporary social and political life has become an increasingly pressing subject of public discourse. These discussions often take for granted contemporary Western categories such as "the religious," "the political," "the ethical," or "the juridical;" in so doing they employ as universal analytical categories what are in fact historically and culturally contingent terms. In particular, the dominant paradigms used to understand the causes and meanings of "religiously-motivated" violence are in large measure products of the specific history of the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern world.
This focus unit aims to contribute to a better genealogy of the idea of "religious violence" by exploring, within a comparative framework, the diverse discourses and practices of violence that operated across the full range of ethnic, linguistic, and religious communities throughout the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern world from 150 BCE to 750 BCE - the era that saw the rise and consolidation of the Roman Empire and the emergence of rabbinic Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
These four papers analyze the specific strategies and tactics used by various groups in the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern world for distinguishing and legitimating their own discourses and practices of "religious violence" from those of others. We hope they contribute to a growing body of literature of the history of religion and violence, a history whose conclusion we have not yet seen.So we have:

"It Moves Me to Wonder": Narrating Violence and Religion under the Roman Empire by Chris Frilingos

State Intervention and Holy Violence: Timgad/Paleostrovsk/Waco by Brent D. Shaw

Sanctified Violence: Monotheist Militancy as the Tie That Bound Christian Rome and Islam by Thomas Sizgorich

Mimic Jews and Jewish Mimics in Antiquity: A Non-Girardian Approach to Mimetic Rivalry by Steven Weitzman

In the book reviews section, a couple jumped out at me.

Contemporary Western Ethnography and the Definition of Religion by M. D. Stinger. Continuum Press, 2008. 128 pages. $110

The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence,and India's Future by Martha C. Nussbaum. Harvard University Press, 2007. 403 pages. $30

If any of you are interested in those articles, PM me.

01-15-2010, 12:24 PM
I would be interested especially the Roman one..

01-18-2010, 01:59 AM
PM me an e-mail address and I'll send it to you ASAP.