There is a particular inclination towards organized violence in the histories of monotheistic religions those with just one god. Monotheism is embodied by three world religions, JudaismChristianity and Islam. The Israelites are described as being commanded by God, time and time again, to wage war against and kill nonbelieving pagans because they dare to worship icons, fake gods, and any number of unapproved things.
Ancient India[ edit ] Ancient texts Ashokavadana and the Divyavadana mention a non-Buddhist in Pundravardhana drew a picture showing the Buddha bowing at Violence in various religions feet of Nirgrantha Jnatiputra identified with Mahavirathe founder of Jainism. On complaint from a Buddhist devotee, Ashokaan emperor of the Maurya Dynastyissued an order to arrest him, and subsequently, another order to kill all the Ajivikas in Pundravardhana.
Around 18, followers of the Ajivika sect were executed as a result of this order. Ashoka burnt him and his entire family alive in their house. According to Ashokavadana, as a result of this order, his own brother, Vitashokawas mistaken for a heretic and killed by a cowherd.
Their ministers advised that "this is an example of the suffering that is being inflicted even on those who are free from desire" and that he "should guarantee the security of all beings".
After this, Ashoka stopped giving orders for executions. Sarao and Benimadhab Baruastories of persecutions of rival sects by Ashoka appear to be a clear fabrication arising out of sectarian propaganda.
In one of the stories, the razing of stupas and viharas is mentioned with Pushyamitra. This has been historically mapped to the reign of King Pushyamitra of the Shunga Empire about years before Divyavadana was written. Archeological remains of stupas have been found in Deorkothar that suggest deliberate destruction, conjectured to be one mentioned in Divyavadana about Pushyamitra.
The fictional tales of Divyavadana is considered by scholars  as being of doubtful value as a historical record. Muslim conquests in the Indian subcontinentPersecution of Hindusand Persecution of Muslims Historical records of religious violence are extensive for medieval India, in the form of corpus written by Muslim historians.
According to Will DurantHindus historically experienced persecution during Islamic rule of the Indian subcontinent.
Lal in his book Theory and Practice of Muslim State in India claims that between the years AD and AD, the population of the Indian subcontinent decreased from to million.
Ghurye writes that religious violence between Hindus and Muslims in medieval India may be presumed to have begun soon after Muslims began settling there.
They continued through the Mughal Empire, and then in the British colonial period. Religious communities tended to become political constituencies. This was particularly true of the Muslim League created inwhich catered exclusively for the interests of the Muslims Purely Hindu organizations also appeared such as the Hindu Sabha later Mahasabha founded in In the meantime Hindu-Muslim riots became more frequent; but they were not a novelty: When in he [Muhammad Ali Jinnah] became the first Governor General of Pakistan and the new border was demarcated, gigantic riots broke out between Hindus and Muslims.
CircaChalukya armies invaded northern India where they looted temples of Ganga and Yamuna. In the 8th century, Bengali troops from the Buddhist Pala Empire desecrated temples of Vishnu Vaikuntha, the state deity of Lalitaditya 's kingdom in Kashmir.
In the early 10th century, the Pratihara king Herambapala looted an image from a temple in the Sahi kingdom of Kangrawhich in the 10th century was looted by the Pratihara king Yasovarman. In the midth century, the Chola king Rajadhiraja plundered a temple in Kalyani.
In the late 11th century, the Hindu king Harsha of Kashmir plundered temples as an institutionalised activity. In the late 12th to early 13th centuries, the Paramara dynasty attacked and plundered Jain temples in Gujarat. Vijayanagara king Krishnadevaraya looted a Balakrishna temple in Udayagiri inand he looted a Vittala temple in Pandharpur in Muhammad bin Qasim and his army, assaulted numerous towns, plundered them for wealth, enslaved Buddhists and Hindus, and destroyed temples and monasteries.
One fifth of the booty and slaves were dispatched back as khums tax to Hajjaj and the Caliph. The state of Hindus during the Islamic expansion in India during the medieval period was characterised by destruction of temples, often illustrated by historians by the repeated destruction of the Hindu Temple at Somnath   and the anti-Hindu practices of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
In the late 8th century, the army of Abu Jafar al Mansur attacked Hindu kingdoms in Barada and Kashmir, and took many children and women as slaves.
Similarly, adherents of Ali expelled Umayyad sympathizers and appointees. The Sultan replied with the message that his aim is to "obtain a complete victory suited to his zeal for the honor of Islam and Musulmans". King Jaipal then sent a new message to the Sultan and his Amir, stating "You have seen the impetuosity of the Hindus and their indifference to death.
If you insist on war in the hope of obtaining plunder, tribute, elephants and slaves, then you leave us no alternative but to destroy our property, take the eyes out of our elephants, cast our families in fire, and commit mass suicide, so that all that will be left to you to conquer and seize is stones and dirt, dead bodies, and scattered bones.
King Jaipal, after receiving this peace offer, assumed that peace is likely and ordered his army to withdraw from a confrontation. According to 17th century Persian historian FirishtaJaipal refused to pay the ransom, angering Sabuktigin.The reality is that regardless of the particular religious affiliation, alongside the trauma of violence, a majority of women will be dealing with some aspect of religious beliefs and teachings which will serve either as a resource or a roadblock (Fortune, ).
Just as Iran and Israel support armed groups that antagonize each other in various countries of the Middle East, The question was asked as to which of those four religions is most violence.
Added to this page on Jan ^ The Economist ( Nov 03). Insert 'A special report on religion and public life' p3.^ The Economist ( Sep The path to enhanced response to domestic violence by faith and religious leaders is now much clearer. This special collection outlines how faith leaders from many different spiritual communities can become effective allies in the prevention and intervention of domestic violence in their communities.
Religious violence in India, especially in recent times, a total of 97 people died across India from various riots related to religious violence. The world's average annual death rate from intentional violence, in recent years, has been per , people. "the Mohammedan and Hindu religions were both true, and were but different.
Apr 10, · To say that the Quran promotes the violence of ISIS is analogous to saying that the Bible promotes the violence of the KKK. This overlooks the rich complexities and nuances of both religions.
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