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Desecrated Scriptures and the News Media

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1. Title Title of document Desecrated Scriptures and the News Media - How and Why Books Matter
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Watts; Syracuse University; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) religious texts; manipulation of books; presentation of books; performance of books; social value of books; books in society;books and hte media; scriptures; iconic texts; literacy
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Texts; Cultural Studies
6. Description Abstract News media regularly report desecrations of books of scripture because of religious and political conflicts in various Western, Middle Eastern, African, and South Asian countries. Though political tensions also arise from desecrating sacred sites, objects, and persons, books of scripture have emerged as particularly potent objects of contestation. That is because, as a very old form of media themselves, scriptures encapsulate the religious experiences of many people who are used to handling the physical book with veneration. News of such a book’s desecration thus inverts a common religious experience and can arouse strong and widespread reactions. This chapter describes the effects of ritualizing books of scripture and compares their ritualization in four religious traditions in order to contextualize the phenomenon of desecrating scriptures cross-culturally and explain the political furors aroused by media coverage of particular incidents.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Jun-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35886
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; How and Why Books Matter
16. Language English=en en
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