In Civility, Nonviolent Resistance, and the New Struggle for Social Justice, Amin Asfari brings together scholarly contributions addressing the causes of injustice in its many forms. Predicated on the idea that violence and injustice are systemic and historical, this collection includes chapters that examine the antecedents and effects of prejudice, state-sponsored violence, policies of exclusion, and the social forces that shape and solidify their existence.
Moving beyond ad-hoc, ahistorical, and descriptive explanations of violence and injustice, this volume provides a scholarly, multidisciplinary approach to confronting them. Contributions reflect the many ways in which injustice manifests, and civil, nonviolent means of engagement are emphasized, challenging the very systems that give rise to these notions.
Amin Asfari, Ph.D. (2017), is an Associate Professor at Wake Tech College. Recent publications include articles and book chapters dealing with Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. He is currently working on a co-authored book (with Ron Hirschbein) explicating their relationship to conspiracies theories.
Notes on Contributors
1 The Language of Civility and Resistance: A Critique of Tolerance and Violence
2 Civility, Ethical Democracy, and the Pacific Faith
3 Gandhi, Epictetus, and Political Resistance
4 Howard Thurman and the African American Nonviolence Tradition
Kipton E. Jensen
5 Contesting Religious Governmentality: The Bhakti-Sufi Movements of Medieval India
6 Decolonizing Paradigms of Normative Evaluation: The Coloniality of Just War Theory
James R. Walker
7 Cry “Genocide!” for All the Good It Will Do
8 The Enlightenment’s Post-9/11 Legacy
9 Why Do Poor Whites Vote for Republicans When Republicans Hate Them?
Robert Paul Churchill
10 How Mind Viruses and Rhinoceroses Promote Tyranny
11 Josef Pieper’s Defense of the Geisteswissenschaften Rashad Rehman
12 The Quest for Genuine Democracy: A Promise of Democracy to Come
This volume may be of interest to students and scholars who study peace and violence, mass movements, political theory, psychology, or history, as well as international relations.