Volume 2016, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2218-7480
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The recent work by Karen Armstrong entitled Fields of Blood is more than a new contribution to the ongoing debate about religious extremism, radicalism, fanaticism and the so-called religious terrorism that is so much present in our world. It also provides an in-depth scholarly attempt to explain the historical roots of violence in human history. Penned by the author whose numerous other works on religious subjects like A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; The Case for God: What Religions Really Means to name but a few, have earned her the status of a very distinguished and respected scholar in the field of religious studies, Fields of Blood is a synthesis of her scholarship on religious and non-religious violence from ancient times to the present day. The book places the question of religious violence in a larger context that takes into account as well its socio-economic, political and cultural roots.


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  • Article Type: Book Review
Keyword(s): Religion, Violence, Ancient World, Christianity, Islam
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