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World Religions and Norms of War

Release Date: March, 2009
ISBN 13: 9789280811636
Sales Number: 09.III.A.7
352 page(s), 6x9.5
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: United Nations University

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Over more than two millennia, the world’s leading religious traditions have provided the guidance in questions of when war can be justified, and of what methods and targets are permissible in war. Linking deep historical analysis to contemporary issues, this volume provides valuable insight, and even prompts us to rethink our understanding of the role and influence of religion in the state politics. The book exposes the norms of war in Hinduism, in Theravada Buddhism, in Japanese religion, in Judaism, in Roman Catholic Christianity, in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, in Protestant Christianity, in Shia Islam and in Sunni Islam, and discusses norms of war in cross-religious perspective.

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