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Facing FearThe History of an Emotion in Global Perspective$
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Michael Laffan and Max Weiss

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153599

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153599.001.0001

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The Persecuted Body

The Persecuted Body

Evangelical Internationalism, Islam, and the Politics of Fear

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(p.133) Chapter 7 The Persecuted Body
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Facing Fear
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Melani Mcalister

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153599.003.0008

This chapter examines the politics of fear underlying the antipersecution discourse that revolved around evangelical Christians at the turn of the twenty-first century. A video made by the U.S.-based Christian evangelical group Voice of the Martyrs showed that Christians are being persecuted all around the world. By the turn of the twenty-first century, a passionate concern with the persecution of Christians united conservatives as well as liberal and moderate evangelicals. The chapter shows how antipersecution discourse resulted in the passage of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. It also considers the significance of spectacles of the violated body to the discourse of persecution and how intense attention to Christian persecution created a tension for evangelicals between the universalizing language of human rights and a specific commitment to the “persecuted body” of Christ. Finally, it explores how evangelicals' attention to Christian persecution intersects with Islamic concerns.

Keywords:   fear, antipersecution discourse, evangelical Christians, Christian persecution, International Religious Freedom Act, human rights, persecuted body, Christ, Islam, fear

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