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Religion and Control of Violence

  • Levent Tezcan
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Abstract

Violence is one of the most important topics in current research on religion. There is increasing research looking at and beyond religious causes of violence, as well as a hope that religion could offer genuinely effective tools to control violence. The question of control of violence is discussed in relation to the spheres of ethics (regulation of affect), theology (legitimacy of violence), and government (integration via religion). A new trend in integration policies—of responding to Islamic violence by joining battle on the field of religion itself—is examined. It is shown not only that religion offers possibilities for controlling violence, but also that control of violence via religion—here Islam—can create problems too.

Keywords

Religious Identity Integration Policy Muslim Country Religious Authority Migrant Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Culture StudiesTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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