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From Heresies to Holy Wars: Toward a Theory of Religious Conflict
Ahimsa Nonvi­olence (2005)
  • Lester R. Kurtz, George Mason University
Abstract

Explores the elements of a theory of religious conflict, starting with Simmel's understanding of conflict as a form of human sociation and religion as content of a conflict (religious rhetoric and framing are used to carry or explain the conflict) vs. the form of religious conflict, in which the conflict itself takes on a sacred nature. I also examine the ritualization of conflict and the nature of conflict symbols, that is highly-charged symbols that become lightning rods for conflict.

Keywords
  • religion,
  • conflict,
  • religious conflict
Disciplines
Publication Date
March, 2005
Citation Information
Lester R. Kurtz. "From Heresies to Holy Wars: Toward a Theory of Religious Conflict" Ahimsa Nonvi­olence Vol. 1 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lester_kurtz/31/