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Dennis Klein

This article looks at the significance of local circumstances, including direct encounters between victims and assailants, in the genocide process. In what scholars term “the micropolitical turn in the study of social violence,“ the argument here considers the encounter from the perspectives of both constituent parties. Assailants often acted before they thought, raising questions about the premise of intention and calculation that anchors the defining Article 2 in the United Nations Genocide Convention. Victims in local encounters express in their accounts a recognition of their assailants and describe what amounts to a betrayal of the trust they invested in their compatriots. Expressions of recognition in witness accounts attenuate victims' resentment and recrimination, opening a space that permitted possibilities for postgenocide reconciliation and even qualified forgiveness.

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The Complexity of History

Russia and Steven Pinker’s Thesis

Nancy Shields Kollmann

this was rarely observed. Neither did courts take the time to assemble multiple condemned criminals for mass execution, or to build viewing bleachers and impressive scaffolds. They did not have formal rituals of last meals, forgiveness of the

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From Villainous Letch and Sinful Outcast, to “Especially Beloved of God”

Complicating the Medieval Leper through Gender and Social Status

Christina Welch and Rohan Brown

) claimed, chronic disease was “a divine gift, pregnant with opportunity.” 65 Anselm, too, proposed that “the progress of the soul grows out of the failure of the flesh, the salvation of the soul out of the illness of the flesh and forgiveness out of

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Conceptualizing Compassion in Communication for Communication

Emotional Experience in Islamic Sermons (Bengali waʿẓ maḥfils)

Max Stille

mother affects the communicative and emotional position of the believer: according to the analogy, the believer best approaches Allah as a desperate and crying child asking for forgiveness. The overflow of motherly love, as well as a possible lack of

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Cross-Generational Abuse

Priests, Parishioners, and the Catholic Church in New Spain

Zeb Tortorici

's earthly intermediary. For as Rafael notes, “the logic of contrition is such that human desires should consist entirely of desiring God's desire. Forgiveness can only come after desires have been restructured so that the desire for the Father has been

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“Give Me Back My Son!”

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Emotion Talk, and the Gendering of Political Rhetoric

Linda E. Mitchell

earthly judge but to your terrible tribunal.” And yet, in the final sentences she leaves a door open for further communication: Eleanor apologizes for the intemperate outburst of the letter and asks for forgiveness because it “issued from sorrow, not from

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Christina Oesterheld

number of occasions. Their tears may be provoked by political tragedies as well as by a personal loss, or even by “forgiveness and pity” ( ʿafū aur raḥm ) 101 for killed enemy soldiers. Their emotionality is not interpreted as weakness as long as it does

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Appropriations and Contestations of the Islamic Nomenclature in Muslim North India

Elitism, Lexicography, and the Meaning of The Political

Jan-Peter Hartung

supplemented by clemency ( ḥilm ), forgiveness ( ‘afū ), mercy ( shafaqat ), and compassion ( raḥmat ). 43 The exemplary function of the ruler—labeled alternatively sulṭān or pādͥshāh —is justified by an explicit recourse to the above Prophetic ḥadīth of