BOOK REVIEW: HOW VIOLENCE SHAPES RELIGION BY ZIYA MERAL

In How Violence Shapes Religion: Belief and Conflict in the Middle East and Africa, Ziya Meral draws on the cases of Nigeria and Egypt to offer an analysis of the complicated relationship between violence and religion that avoids popular assumptions and reductive causal explanations. This is a highly sophisticated book which takes readers on a historical journey through human fragility in times of conflict and the grounded realities of complex human behaviour, writes Baris Cayli. How Violence Shapes Religion: Belief and Conflict in the Middle East and Africa. Ziya Meral. Cambridge University Press. 2018. The relationship between violence and religion is highly complex. Reductive analyses and