Religion, Martyrdom and Global Uncertainties 1914-2014 – ESRC
The original research examined the development of the concept of martyrdom and sacrificial death in Britain and Ireland since the outbreak of the First World War. It proceeded through archival, library and web-based research on historic sources supplemented by site visits. There were also a series of semi-structured interviews with political and religious activists, carried out in partnership with the Belfast-based Institute for Conflict Research, in four contrasting locations in Britain and Ireland, Belfast, Bradford, Dublin and London. Key insights from the project include the importance of promoting religious literacy both in policy formation and among wider publics; the need to avoid complacency respecting the long term alienation of particular groups in view of the danger that unforeseen contingencies can provoke open conflict; and the value of taking an historically informed and comparative view of martyrdom as a corrective to contemporary preoccupation with suicide attacks motivated by a distorted version of Islam.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 1, 2017
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