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Public Violence in Islamic Societies: Power, Discipline, and the Construction of the Public Sphere, 7th-19th Centuries CE

Christian Lange and Maribel Fierro

Abstract

This exploration of the role of violence in the history of Islamic societies considers the subject particularly in the context of its implementation as a political strategy to claim power over the public sphere. Violence, both among Muslims and between Muslims and non-Muslims, has been the object of research in the past, as in the case of jihad, martyrdom, rebellion or criminal law. This book goes beyond these concerns in addressing, in a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary fashion, how violence has functioned as a basic principle of Islamic social and political organization in a variety of h ... More

Keywords: violence, Islamic societies, political strategy, power, Muslims, non-Muslims, jihad, martyrdom, rebellion, criminal law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748637317
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637317.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Lange, author

Maribel Fierro, author

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Part I Public violence and the construction of the public sphere

Part II Ritual dimensions of violence

Part III Representations of public violence

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