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World Religions and Norms of War


Author: Vesselin Popovski, Gregory M. Reichberg, Nicholas Turner
Publisher: UNU Press
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Pages: 372
ISBN: 9789280811636
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Recent armed conflicts - domestic and international - have drawn fresh attention to age-old questions concerning when war can be justified, and what methods and targets are permissible during war. Over more than two millennia, the world’s leading religious traditions— Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—have provided guidance in these contested domains. This volume examines how the religions have responded to pressing moral challenges such as offensive and defensive war, the protection of noncombatants, asymmetric tactics, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction.

Written by an international team of distinguished specialists in their respective traditions, World Religions and Norms of War takes the reader on a unique journey through the evolution within the major world religions of attitudes and teachings related to the ethics of war. It systematically explores the historical roots and interpretations of norms within these traditions, linking them to the challenges of modern warfare. This combination of deep historical analysis and application to contemporary issues provides valuable insight, and even prompts us to rethink our understanding of the role and influence of religion in the state and politics.

Table of contents

Introduction, Vesselin Popovski;
Religion and war, Vesselin Popovski;
Norms of war in Hinduism, Kaushik Roy;
Norms of war in Theravada Buddhism, Mahinda Deegalle;
Norms of war in Japanese religion, Robert Kisala;
Norms of war in Judaism, Jack Bemporad;
Norms of war in Roman Catholic Christianity, Gregory M. Reichberg;
Norms of war in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Yuri Stoyanov; Norms of war in Protestant Christianity, Valerie Ona Morkevicius;
Norms of war in Shia Islam, Davood Feirahi;
Norms of war in Sunni Islam, Amira Sonbol;
Norms of war in cross-religious perspective, Gregory M. Reichberg, Nicholas Turner and Vesselin Popovski