Martyrdom and Modernity

Brinda Charry

in Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755042
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950508 | DOI:
Martyrdom and Modernity

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This chapter analyzes the rhetorical and discursive strategies deployed by early modern English writers in their texts on holy war and what paying attention to these strategies will tell us about how the general reader’s attitudes to holy war were shaped. This chapter juxtaposes texts that belong to very different genres—John Foxe’s martyrology, Acts and Monuments, first published in 1563; and Francis Bacon’s An Advertisement Touching a Holy War, a fictional dialogue on holy war written in 1622-23 in the scholarly humanist tradition. Both of these works address the question of holy war against the Ottoman Turks..

Keywords: John Foxe; Francis Bacon; holy war; Acts and Monuments; Ottoman Turks

Chapter.  11721 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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