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Martyrdom: A Very Short Introduction

Jolyon Mitchell

November 2012

ISBN: 9780199585236

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Martyrdom is a controversial topic, with a long history of provoking fierce debate. In this Very Short Introduction Jolyon Mitchell provides a historical analysis to understand the contemporary debates surrounding martyrdom. Using examples from a variety of contexts around the world, he explores how it has evolved, and what it means today.

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Martyrdom is a controversial topic, with a long history of provoking fierce debate. In this Very Short Introduction Jolyon Mitchell provides a historical analysis to understand the contemporary debates surrounding martyrdom. Using examples from a variety of contexts around the world, he explores how it has evolved, and what it means today.

  • Provides a clear and concise discussion of the debates surrounding martyrdom
  • Includes specific cases of martyrdoms from various different historical contexts and religious traditions
  • Addresses the most pertinent questions: What is martyrdom?, Why are some people drawn towards giving up their lives as martyrs?, What place does religion play in inciting and creating martyrs?
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jolyon Mitchell, Director of CTPI (the Centre for Theology and Public Issues) at the University of Edinburgh

Jolyon Mitchell is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh. A former BBC World Service Producer and Journalist he is author or editor of many books, articles and essays. Recent books include Media Violence and Christian Ethics (CUP, 2007), The Religion and Film Reader (contributing co-editor, Routledge, 2007), Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence (2011), and Religion and the News (2011).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Contesting martyrdom
    2:Thinking martyrdom
    3:Remembering martyrdom
    4:Romanticising martyrdom
    5:Touching martyrdom
    6:Reforming martyrdom
    7:Politicizing martyrdom
    8:Conclusion: The end of martyrdom