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From the Crusades to today's conflicts in the Middle East, religion has played a powerful and critical role in many wars throughout history. The newest volume in Routledge's acclaimed Religion and Society series, the Encyclopedia of Religion and War explores the complex relationship between religion and war including religion as a source of conflict and the role war holds in the development and spread of religion. In light of the on-going conflicts in the world today, this volume is both timely and valuable for all students, scholars, and general readers interested in history, sociology, current events, and politics, as well as religion. This exceptional A-Z reference delves into a variety of historical and global issues, including warrior cults, genocides, Northern Ireland, Holy War, assassins, religious feminism and war, Taliban, pacifism, the Holy Roman Empire, and much more.