Binding-unbinding: divided responses of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the "sacrifice" of Abraham's beloved son

Sherwood, Y. (2004) Binding-unbinding: divided responses of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the "sacrifice" of Abraham's beloved son. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 72(4), pp. 821-861. (doi: 10.1093/jaarel/lfh081)

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Media treatments of religion and violence after 9/11 have tended to polarize into two equal and opposite positions: the view that the attacks represent the “hijack” of the “Abrahamic” religions which, properly understood, are antithetical to violence, and the claim that violence and religion are virtual synonyms—a view epitomized in the British journalist Nick Cohen's “Damn Them All.”1 Both positions share the belief that violence can be expelled to a putative outside: either outside religion or outside progressive secularism as it frees itself from the ties of its religious other, conceived of as an archaic site of submissiveness, passivity, and heteronomy. This study problematizes these easy antitheses through a close reading of tangled, ancient responses to the so-called sacrifice of Abraham's beloved son. The contemporary antitheses seem both inadequate and naïve when compared to paradoxes of binding–unbinding in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:cited in the top ten downloads from JAAR web 2006
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sherwood, Prof Yvonne
Authors: Sherwood, Y.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Journal of the American Academy of Religion

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
407851Legacies of the sacrifice of Abraham's beloved sonYvonne SherwoodArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)112828/1CRIT - THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES