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Religious Wars & Violence

Religious Wars & Violence

Author: Lee Gilmore

This lesson presents an abbreviated history of religious wars, as well as the theological, textual, and historical bases, motivations, and justifications for violence both within and among different religions.

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Terms to Know
Ethnic Cleansing

The targeting of ethic or religious groups for elimination from a particular area, generally either by death or forced relocation.


The deliberate undertaking, or threatening, of violent actions against a civilian population designed to instill fear in that population in order to achieve desired social, political, or religious aims.

The Crusades

A series of wars between Muslim and Christian armies for control of Eastern Europe, North Africa, and Palestine.