The ethnic and religious violence that characterized the late
twentieth century calls for new ways of thinking and writing about
politics. Listening to the voices of people who experience
political violence-either as victims or as perpetrators-gives new
insights into both the sources of violent conflict and the
potential for its resolution.
Drawing on her extensive interviews and conversations with Sikh
militants, Cynthia Keppley Mahmood presents their accounts of the
human rights abuses inflicted on them by the state of India as well
as their explanations of the philosophical tradition of martyrdom
and meaningful death in the Sikh faith. While demonstrating how
divergent the world views of participants in a conflict can be,
Fighting for Faith and Nation gives reason to hope that
our essential common humanity may provide grounds for a pragmatic
resolution of conflicts such as the one in Punjab which has claimed
tens of thousands of lives in the past fifteen years.
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