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Author Sizgorich, Thomas.
Title Violence and belief in late antiquity : militant devotion in Christianity and Islam / Thomas Sizgorich.
Imprint Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2009]

Author Sizgorich, Thomas.
Series Divinations
Subject Violence -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Violence -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Martyrdom -- Christianity.
Martyrdom -- Islam.
Identity (Psychology) -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Identity (Psychology) -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Description viii, 398 pages ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [367]-382) and index.
Contents "The devil spoke from Scripture" : boundary maintenance and communal integrity in late antiquity -- "The living voice of kindred blood" : narrative, identity, and the primordial past -- "What has the pious in common with the impious?" : Ambrose, Libanius, and the problem of late antique religious violence -- "Are you Christians?" : violence, ascetics, and knowing one's own -- "Horsemen by day and monks by night" : narrative and community in Islamic late antiquity -- "The sword scrapes away transgressions" : ascetic praxis and communal boundaries in late antique Islam -- "Do you not fear God?" : the Khawarij in early Islamic society -- "This is a very filthy question and no one should discuss it" : the messy world of Ibn Ḥanbal.
ISBN 9780812241136 (alk. paper)
0812241134 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 226308106
Table of Contents
Ch. 1"The Devil Spoke from Scripture": Boundary Maintenance and Communal Integrity in Late Antiquity21
Ch. 2"The Living Voice of Kindred Blood": Narrative, Identity, and the Primordial Past46
Ch. 3"What Has the Pious in Common with the Impious?" Ambrose, Libanius, and the Problem of Late Antique Religious Violence81
Ch. 4''Are You Christians?" Violence, Ascetics, and Knowing One's Own108
Ch. 5"Horsemen by Day and Monks by Night": Narrative and Community in Islamic Late Antiquity144
Ch. 6"The Sword Scrapes Away Transgressions": Ascetic Praxis and Communal Boundaries in Late Antique Islam168
Ch. 7"Do You Not Fear God?" The Khawarij in Early Islamic Society196
Ch. 8"This Is a Very Filthy Question, and No One Should Discuss It": The Messy World of Ibn Hanbal231
 List of Abbreviations283
 Select Bibliography367