The Bruce B Lawrence Reader

The volume concludes with Lawrence's reflections on Islam's spiritual and aesthetic resources in the context of global comity.


Author: Bruce B. Lawrence

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9781478012825

Category: Religion

Page: 479

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Over the course of his career, Bruce B. Lawrence has explored the central elements of Islamicate civilization and Muslim networks. This reader assembles more than two dozen of Lawrence's key writings, among them analyses of premodern and modern Islamic discourses, practices, and institutions and methodological reflections on the contextual study of religion. Six methodologies serve as the organizing rubric: theorizing Islam, revaluing Muslim comparativists, translating Sufism, deconstructing religious modernity, networking Muslims, and reflecting on the Divine. Throughout, Lawrence attributes the resilience of Islam to its cosmopolitan character and Muslims' engagement in cross-cultural dialogue. Several essays also address the central role of institutional Sufism in various phases and domains of Islamic history. The volume concludes with Lawrence's reflections on Islam's spiritual and aesthetic resources in the context of global comity. Modeling what it means to study Islam beyond political and disciplinary borders as well as a commitment to linking empathetic imagination with critical reflection, this reader presents the broad arc of Lawrence's prescient contributions to the study of Islam.

On Violence

This is a thoughtful and arresting set of essays on an important topic that will be useful in the classroom and much discussed in the public forum.


Author: Bruce B. Lawrence

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 082233769X

Category: Political Science

Page: 578

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DIVAn interdisciplinary collection of primary texts on the subject of violence, from Freud to Gramsci to Foucault, from Ghandi to Osama bin Laden. The editors' introductions frame the texts within questions of how violence is generated and perpetuated in so/div

Nizam Ad Din Awliya

By the end, it will be clear why Amir Khusraw, the famous poet desciple, considered a chest of gold tankas a trifling price to pay for a pair of leather sandals belonging to the shaykh.


Author: Amir Hasan Sijzi


ISBN: 0995496080


Page: 418

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In these pages, superbly translated by Professor Bruce Lawrence, the reader comes face to face with God's Beloved. By the end, it will be clear why Amir Khusraw, the famous poet desciple, considered a chest of gold tankas a trifling price to pay for a pair of leather sandals belonging to the shaykh.

Religion and Cultural Studies

11 God On Line : Locating the Pagan / Asian Soul of America in Cyberspace BRUCE B. LAWRENCE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE not to think ... The Utne Reader , with a circulation well above 50,000 and a website that is second to none ( ) ...


Author: Susan L. Mizruchi

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691224046

Category: Religion


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Americans have never been more religious than they are now, at the dawn of the twenty-first century. By all reports, attendance rates at traditional places of worship are high and rising; the influx of new immigrant religions has revitalized standard faiths and drawn in those who had strayed from them. Popular television shows like "The Simpsons" feature characters who go to church every Sunday and speak to God; special events, like the 1998 outdoor mass in Worcester, Massachusetts, for a comatose girl believed to have miraculous powers, attract thousands of people. This collection is both part of this ferment and an intellectual reflection upon it. Religion and Cultural Studies features essays by major scholars from the fields of anthropology, history, literary criticism, and religion in order to enrich critical discourse about religion and culture. Despite the variety of disciplines represented by this group of scholars and the variety of cultures explored in their essays--from fifteenth-century Flemish asceticism and nineteenth-century African-American spiritualism to Russian blood-libel trials and Alien Abduction Reports in the twentieth century--their common ground is the question of religion's place in current American academic analysis, and more broadly in American life today. The volume's range of vocabulary and subject matter is aimed at vitalizing scholarly interest in the field of religion and cultural studies and deepening intellectual inquiry in the contemporary academy. The contributors are Eytan Bercovitch, Karen McCarthy Brown, Gillian Feeley-Harnik, Richard Wightman Fox, Jenny Franchot, Giles Gunn, Geoffrey Galt Harpham, Bruce B. Lawrence, Jack Miles, Susan L. Mizruchi, and Jonathan Z. Smith.

Breath of Proximity Intersubjectivity Ethics and Peace

1994. Democracy and difference. The Journal of Political Philosophy 2(1): 1–23. Benjamin, Walter. 2007. Critique of violence. In On violence: A reader, ed. Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim, 268–285. Durham: Duke University Press.


Author: Lenart Škof

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789401797382

Category: Religion

Page: 207

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This book offers an original contribution towards a new theory of intersubjectivity which places ethics of breath, hospitality and non-violence in the forefront. Emphasizing Indian philosophy and religion (Vedas and Upanishads) and related cross-cultural interpretations, it provides new intercultural interpretations of key Western concepts which traditionally were developed and followed in the vein of re-conceptualizations or revitalizations of Greek thought, as in Nietzsche and Heidegger, for example. The significance of the book lies in its establishment of a new platform for thinking philosophically about intersubjectivity, so as to nudge contemporary philosophy towards a more sensitive approach, which is needed in our times. Its originality lies in its innovative approach, which searches for the origin of ethical gestures (represented in respecting the breath/breathing) through the newly introduced concept of “mesocosm” as a space of a ritual, or a new ethical space of intersubjective encounters. The book also introduces the possibility of an original ethics based on breath. Intended for philosophers, feminists and others concerned with intercultural philosophy and comparative religion, the book will appeal to readers interested in contemporary ethical and political theories of peaceful conflict resolution and concepts of hospitality. A Breath of Hospitality will benefit all who seek a more sensitive approach in philosophy, including philosophy of religion, and often-neglected practical and educational layers of our everyday intersubjective relations.

Genocidal Nightmares

4 Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim, eds., 'Theorizing Violence in the Twenty-first century', in On Violence, ... ed., The Anthropology of Politics: A Reader in Ethnography, Theory, and Critique, Oxford: Blackwell, 2002, pp. 213–221.


Author: Abdelwahab El-Affendi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628920734

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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This book offers a novel and productive explanation of why 'ordinary' people can be moved to engage in destructive mass violence (or terrorism and the abuse of rights), often in large numbers and in unexpected ways. Its argument is that narratives of insecurity (powerful horror stories people tell and believe about their world and others) can easily make extreme acts appear acceptable, even necessary and heroic. As in action or horror movies, the script dictates how the 'hero' acts. The book provides theoretical justifications for this analysis, building on earlier studies but going beyond them in what amount to a breakthrough in mapping the context of mass violence. It backs its argument with a large number of case studies covering four continents, written by prominent scholars from the relevant countries or with deep knowledge of them. A substantial introduction by the UN's Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide demonstrates the policy relevance of this path-breaking work.


is not terribly well written, and readers will want to make up their own minds about the events reported, but the overall picture presented of ... In Bruce B. Lawrence, Defenders of God: The Fundamentalist Revolt against the Modern Age.


Author: Rebecca Joyce Frey

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438108995

Category: Religious fundamentalism

Page: 401

View: 252

Presents a guide to religious fundamentalism, including definitions, primary sources, important documents, research tools, organizations, and notable persons.

Melodrama Self and Nation in Post War British Popular Film

Lawrence, Bruce B. and Aisha Karim (eds.) (2007) On Violence: A Reader, Durham, NC: Duke University Press. ——— (2007) 'General Introduction: Theorizing Violence in the Twenty-first Century', in Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim (eds.) ...


Author: Johanna Laitila

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351056564

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

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This book investigates the portrayal of nationalities and sexualities in British post-Second World War crime film and melodrama. By focussing on these genres, and looking at the concept of melodrama as an analytical tool apt for the analysis of both sexuality and nation, the book offers insight into the desires, fears, and anxieties of post-war culture. The problem of returning to ‘normalcy’ after the war is one of the recurring themes discussed; alienation from society, family, and the self were central issues for both women and men in the post-war years, and the book examines the anxieties surrounding these social changes in the films of the period. In particular, it explores heterosexuality and nationality as some of the most prominent frameworks for the construction of identities in our time, structures that, for all their centrality, are made invisible in our culture.

The Many Lives of Transnational Law

40 Id. 41 On Violence: A Reader 540 (Bruce B. Lawrence & Aisha Karim eds., 2007). 42 Lawrence and Karim make this point and offer a simple example when they include, in their reader, an excerpt of bin Laden's 1996 rationale, ...


Author: Peer Zumbansen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108490269

Category: Law

Page: 521

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Sixty years after Jessup's Transnational Law Lectures, this collection traces the field's development and significance to the present day.

Violent Waters Literary Border Crossings in a Global Age

Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007), 188–198. → Brathwaite, Edward Kamau, “National Language,” in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, eds. Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffith, and Helen Tiffin ...


Author: Alexandra Campana

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110678635

Category: Social Science

Page: 282

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The experience of witnessing and undertaking border crossings has become a pillar of the contemporary human condition. In order to respond to our global, multidimensional social reality, writers need to generate innovative forms of narration that expand the confines of literary tradition. This study discusses four types of border crossing (migration, intercultural dialogue, multicultural identities, military invasion) and presents literary aesthetics that unfold in Algeria, China, France, Germany, Romania, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK, and the USA. These analyses move from the fall of the Iron Curtain to the rise of the internet, and from the turn of the millennium to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Positioned in the field of comparative literature, this book draws upon an extensive background of theoretical thought (e.g. Adorno/Horkheimer, Arendt, Dawkins, Fanon, Freud, Kristeva, Žižek) and reaches into other academic disciplines (such as religious studies). Border crossings thus serve as both theme and methodology, which not only leads to a new definition of post-modern writing, but also underlines literature's relevance in a global society driven by public discourse.

Contested Criminalities in Zimbabwean Fiction

Crimes of Obedience. New York: Yale University Press. Lawrence, Bruce B. and Karim, Aisha. 2007. “General Introduction: Theorizing Violence in the Twenty-first Century.” In On Violence: A Reader. Eds. Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim, ...


Author: Tendai Mangena

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429807565

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 167

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This book addresses the ways in which writers deploy the trope of contested criminality to expose Zimbabwe's socially and politically oppressive cultures in a wide range of novels and short stories published in English between 1994 and 2016. Some of the most influential authors that are examined in this book are Yvonne Vera, Petina Gappah, NoViolet Bulawayo, Brian Chikwava, Christopher Mlalazi, Tendai Huchu and Virginia Phiri. The author uses the Zimbabwean experience to engage with critical issues facing the African continent and the world, providing a thoughtful reading of contemporary debates on illegal migration, homophobia, state criminality and gender inequalities. The thematic focus of the book represents a departure from what Schulze-Engler notes elsewhere as postcolonial discourse’s habit of suggesting that the legacies of colonialism and the predominance of the ‘global North’ are responsible for injustice in the Global South. Using the context of Zimbabwe, it is shown that colonialism is not the only image of violence and injustice, but that there are other forms of injustice that are of local origin. Throughout the book, it is argued that in speaking about contested criminalities, writers call attention to the fact that laws are violated, some laws are unjust and some crimes are henceforth justified. In this sense crime, (in)justice and the law are portrayed as unstable concepts.

Shades of Sulh

Lawrence, Bruce B., and Karim, Aisha. “General Introduction: Theorizing Violence in the Twenty-first Century.” On Violence: A Reader. Ed. Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2007. 1–15. Print. Leaman, Oliver.


Author: Rasha Diab

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822981343

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Sulh is a centuries-old Arab-Islamic peacemaking process. In Shades of Sulh, Rasha Diab explores the possibilities of the rhetoric of sulh, as it is used to resolve intrapersonal, interpersonal, communal, national, and international conflicts, and provides cases that illustrate each of these domains. Diab demonstrates the adaptability and range of sulh as a ritual and practice that travels across spheres of activity (juridical, extra-juridical, political, diplomatic), through time (medieval, modern, contemporary), and over geopolitical borders (Cairo, Galilee, and Medina). Together, the cases prove the flexibility of sulh in the discourse of peacemaking—and that sulh has remarkable rhetorical longevity, versatility, and richness. Shades of Sulh sheds new light on rhetorics of reconciliation, human rights discourse, and Arab-Islamic rhetorics.

9 11 Culture Catastrophe and the Critique of Singularity

The Performance Studies Reader, London: Routledge, pp. ... of War Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places”, Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim (eds.), On Violence: A Reader, Durham: Duke University Press, pp.


Author: Diana Gonçalves

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110477689

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 253

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Departing from 9/11’s spectacularity and aesthetical appeal, its eskatastrophic dimension, this book takes up the task of studying 9/11 as a mnemonic singularity, i.e. a catastrophic event that evokes or mimics, albeit in a renewed situation, the structure of past catastrophes. It investigates how 9/11 has been represented/remediated and how it has reintroduced catastrophic thinking into our conceptual framework.

Violence from Slavery to BlackLivesMatter

In On Violence: A Reader, ed. Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim, 265–285. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Bogle, Donald. 2007. Brown Sugar: Over One Hundred Years of America's Black Female Superstars, 2nd ed. New York: Continuum.


Author: Andrew Dix

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000732887

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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Violence from Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter brings together perspectives on violence and its representation in African American history from slavery to the present moment. Contributors explore how violence, signifying both an instrument of the white majority’s power and a modality of black resistance, has been understood and articulated in primary materials that range from slave narrative through "lynching plays" and Richard Wright’s fiction to contemporary activist poetry, and from photography of African American suffering through Blaxploitation cinema and Spike Lee’s films to rap lyrics and performances. Diverse both in their period coverage and their choice of medium for discussion, the 11 essays are unified by a shared concern to unpack violence’s multiple meanings for black America. Underlying the collection, too, is not only the desire to memorialize past moments of black American suffering and resistance, but, in politically timely fashion, to explore their connections to our current conjuncture.

Divine Violence and the Christus Victor Atonement Model

Essentials of Demonology: A Study of Jewish and Christian Doctrine Its Origin and Development. london: epworth, 1949. lawrence, Bruce B. “General introduction: Theorizing violence in the twenty-First century.” On Violence: A Reader, ...


Author: Martyn John Smith

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498239486

Category: Religion

Page: 262

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In this book Martyn Smith addresses the issue of God's violence and refuses to shy away from difficult and controversial conclusions. Through his wide-ranging and measured study he reflects upon God and violence in both biblical and theological contexts, assessing the implications of divine violence for understanding and engaging with God's nature and character. Jesus too, through his dramatic actions in the temple, is presented as one capable of exhibiting a surprising degree of violent behavior in the furtherance of God's purposes. Through a reappropriation of the ancient Christus Victor model of atonement, with its dramatic representation of God's war with the Satan, Smith proposes that Christian understanding of both God and salvation has to return to its long-neglected past in order to move forward, both biblically and dynamically, into the future.

Black Women against the Land Grab

In On Violence: A Reader, edited by Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim, 1–15. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. Lefebvre, Henri, Eleonore Kofman, and Elizabeth Lebas. 1996. Writings on Cities. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell.


Author: Keisha-Khan Y. Perry

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816688029

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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In Brazil and throughout the African diaspora, black women, especially poor black women, are rarely considered leaders of social movements let alone political theorists. But in the northeastern city of Salvador, Brazil, it is these very women who determine how urban policies are established. Focusing on the Gamboa de Baixo neighborhood in Salvador’s city center, Black Women against the Land Grab explores how black women’s views on development have radicalized local communities to demand justice and social change. In Black Women against the Land Grab, Keisha-Khan Y. Perry describes the key role of local women activists in the citywide movement for land and housing rights. She reveals the importance of geographic location for understanding the gendered aspects of urban renewal and the formation of black women–led social movements. How have black women shaped the politics of urban redevelopment, Perry asks, and what does this kind of political intervention tell us about black women’s agency? Her work uncovers the ways in which political labor at the neighborhood level is central to the mass mobilization of black people against institutional racism and for citizenship rights and resources in Brazil. Highlighting the political life of black communities, specifically those in urban contexts often represented as socially pathological and politically bankrupt, Black Women against the Land Grab offers a valuable corrective to how we think about politics and about black women, particularly poor black women, as a political force.

Marijuana Boom

In On Violence: A Reader, edited by Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. Taylor, William. “Between Global Process and Local Knowledge: An Inquiry into Early Latin America Social History, 1500–1900.


Author: Lina Britto

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520325470

Category: History

Page: 352

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Before Colombia became one of the world’s largest producers of cocaine in the 1980s, traffickers from the Caribbean coast partnered with American buyers in the 1970s to make the South American country the main supplier of marijuana for a booming US drug market, fueled by the US hippie counterculture. How did Colombia become central to the creation of an international drug trafficking circuit? Marijuana Boom is the story of this forgotten history. Combining deep archival research with unprecedented oral history, Lina Britto deciphers a puzzle: Why did the Colombian coffee republic, a model of Latin American representative democracy and economic modernization, transform into a drug paradise, and at what cost?

Beyond Partition

In On Violence: A Reader, edited by Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim, 143–57. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2007. Mallot, J. Edward. “Body Politics and the Body Politic: Memory as Human Inscription in What the Body Remembers.


Author: Deepti Misri

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252096815

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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In Beyond Partition, Deepti Misri shows how 1947 marked the beginning of a history of politicized animosity associated with the differing ideas of "India" held by communities and in regions on one hand, and by the political-military Indian state on the other. Assembling literary, historiographic, performative, and visual representations of gendered violence against men and women, she establishes that cultural expressions do not just follow violence but determine its very contours, and interrogates the gendered scripts underwriting the violence originating in the contested visions of what "India" means. Ambitious and ranging across disciplines, Beyond Partition offers both an overview of and nuanced new perspectives on the ways caste, identity, and class complicate representations of violence, and how such representations shape our understandings of both violence and of India.

Policing the State Second Edition

Reprinted in On Violence: A Reader, edited by Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim, 377–90. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002. West, Cornel. The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism.


Author: Louis A. Ruprecht

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498231107

Category: Religion

Page: 154

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The manner in which Kathryn Johnston died so tragically at the hands of Atlanta narcotics police on the evening of November 21, 2006, anticipates and informs a number of very contemporary--and extremely volatile--issues that have become closely associated with the name of Ferguson, Missouri. As the "Black Lives Matter" movement makes clear, the issues center primarily around the relationship between racial identity and lethal police violence in the United States today. In this Second Edition of Policing the State, Louis A. Ruprecht Jr. attempts to situate both "Ferguson" and "Black Lives Matter" within a relatively narrow historical frame of the two years since Policing the State was first published, as well as a longer history of the emergence of a more violent policing regime and an ever-more intensely carceral society that came on the scene quite suddenly in the United States in the mid-to-late 1980s.

Prophecy and Power

A posthumous work by the most rigorous comparativist in her generation of Islamic studies scholars, Prophecy and Power proposes a major innovative approach to both the Prophet Muhammad and the Noble Qur'an.


Author: Marilyn Robinson Waldman

Publisher: Equinox Publishing (Indonesia)

ISBN: 1845539877

Category: Religion

Page: 195

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By the end of the ninth century the Prophet Muhammad had emerged as an incomparable exemplar shared by all Muslim communities. Prophecy and Power offers a rigorous comparative study of both the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran. The book ranges across various issues: the comparative study of prophecy; Quranic comparison as a modality of change; the Prophet as exemplar and foil; and an experiment in comparison between Muhammad and Alinesitouie.