Teaching Religion and Violence

ISBN : 9780195372427

Brian K. Pennington
368 ページ
163 x 236 mm
AAR Teaching Religious Studies

Many people now see religious violence as one of the defining characteristics of the modern world. Instructors are often asked about it in their courses that deal with religion. Classroom discussion of violence committed in the name of religion can either open the door to a more subtle appreciation of complex and divisive social realities or allow students to display the kind of ignorance, prejudice, and recalcitrance that can derail critical analysis. The etiology of religious violence requires the kind of careful distinctions that instructors must work hard to communicate even in the best of classroom circumstances. Teaching Religion and Violence is designed to help instructors to equip students to think critically about religious violence, particularly in the multicultural classroom. The book is organized into two sections. The first, "Traditions," addresses topics and methods appropriate for teaching violence in particular religious traditions. Each essay provides a solid starting point for the instructor developing a new course on violence in one tradition. The overarching aims of the second section, "Approaches," are to suggest alternative rubrics for initiating or furthering discussion of religion and violence and to aid instructors in demonstrating the wide applicability of the questions and concepts developed here. The volume as a whole and each of the essays is firmly grounded in the theoretical literature on religion and violence, in the theory of pedagogy, and in the collective experience of its authors.


Introduction by Brian K. Pennington
Part One: Traditions
Chapter One: Striking the Delicate Balance: Teaching Hinduism and Violence by Brian K. Pennington
Chapter Two: "A Time for War and a Time for Peace": Teaching Religion and Violence in the Jewish Tradition by Michael Dobkowski
Chapter Three: Teaching Buddhism and Violence by Brian Victoria
Chapter Four: Violence and Religion in the Christian Tradition by William Morrow
Chapter Five: Confronting Misoislamia: Teaching Religion and Violence in Courses on Islam by Amir Hussain
Chapter Six: The Specter of Violence in Sikh Pasts by Anne Murphy
Part Two: Approaches
Chapter Seven: Cities of Gold: Teaching Religion and Violence through "Sacred Space" by Aaron W. Hughes
Chapter Eight: Believing Is Seeing: Teaching Religion and Violence in Film by Ken Derry
Chapter Nine: Teaching Religion, Violence, and Pop Culture by Randal Cummings
Chapter Ten: Religion, Violence, and Politics in the United States by Jason C. Bivins
Chapter Eleven: M. K. Gandhi: A Post-colonial Voice by Paul Younger
Chapter Twelve: Teaching the Just War Tradition by William French
Chapter Thirteen: Understanding the Nature of Our Offense: A Dialogue on the Twenty-First-Century Study of Religion for Use in the Classroom by Laurie L. Patton and Jeffrey J. Kripal


Brian K. Pennington is Associate Professor of Religion at Maryville College.