Martyrdom: A Very Short Introduction
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Questions for Thought and Discussion
- What is martyrdom?
- Who makes a martyr?
- How are martyrdoms created?
- Why are some deaths described as martyrdoms?
- What are the different kinds of martyrdom?
- How is martyrdom deconstructed and categorized?
- What are the differences and similarities between ‘the noble death’ and ‘voluntary violent death’ traditions?
- What are the roots of Jewish, Christian and Islamic understandings of martyrdom?
- What are the similarities and differences between Islamic and Christian understandings of martyrdom? How far do they matter?
- Why are some people drawn towards giving up their lives as martyrs?
- What place does religion play in creating and inciting martyrs?
- How are memories of martyrs and martyrdoms preserved?
- How are stories about martyrdom spread?
- How are stories about martyrdom adapted and translated?
- To what extent does martyrdom bring together devotion and violence?
- How is suffering represented and changed through martyrdom?
- How far is it possible to speak about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ martyrdoms?
- Why are memories about martyrdom so often contested?
- What makes a martyrdom political?
- Discuss the claim by Oscar Romero that: ‘It is very easy to kill, especially when one has weapons, but how hard it is to let oneself be killed for love of the people.’
Other books by Jolyon Mitchell
- Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence: The Role of Media and Religion (Routledge, 2012)
- Media Violence and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2007/2010)
- Visually Speaking: Radio and Renaissance of Preaching (T&T Clark, 1999; WJKP, 2000)
- Religion and the News (Ashgate, 2012) (Contributing co-editor, with Owen Gower)
- The Religion, Media and Culture Reader (Routledge, 2011) (Contributing co-editor, with Gordon Lynch and Anna Strhan)
- The Religion and Film Reader (Routledge, 2007) (Contributing co-editor, with S. Brent Plate)
- Mediating Religion: Conversations in Media, Religion and Culture (T&T Clark, 2003) (Contributing co-editor, with Sophia Marriage)
- Daniel Boyarin Dying for God: Martyrdom and the Making of Christianity and Judaism (Stanford University Press, 1999)
- Elizabeth Castelli Martyrdom and Memory: Early Christian Culture Making (Columbia University Press, 2004)
- David Cook Martyrdom in Islam (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
- Charles Kurzman The Missing Martyrs: Why are there so few Muslim Terrorists? (Oxford University Press, 2011)
- Jan Willem Henten and Friedrich Avemarie (Eds.) Martyrdom and Noble Death: Selected Texts from Graeco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian Antiquity (Routledge, 2002)
- Paul Middleton Martyrdom: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark: 2009)
- Candida R. Moss Ancient Christian Martyrdom - Diverse Practices, Theologies and Traditions (Yale University Press, 2012)