The Politics of Iconoclasm: Religion, Violence and the Culture of Image-Breaking in Christianity and Islam

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From sixteenth-century Geneva to urban developments in Mecca today, The Politics of Iconoclasm offers a bold and original history of image-breaking and of the culture of violence and its paradoxical roots in the desire for renewal. Examining these dynamics of nationhood, technology, destruction and memory, a historical journey is described in which the temple is razed and replaced by the machine.

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James Noyes completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge on a comparative study of Christian and Islamic iconoclasm. He has taught on religion, conflict, and social theory at the University of Nottingham and at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po). In addition to his teaching, he is a fellow of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen, and is part of the international 'Iconoclasms Network' supported by the University of Birmingham.

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'Noyes' lucid commentary on the strength of iconoclasm in both Islam and Christianity makes unsettling reading for the political scientist. He offers a vital insight into a long-neglected aspect of the relationship between religious violence and politics which makes the book powerful, profound and deeply disturbing.' - Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics

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