Canonisation, Contestation and Afterlives
€ 136,00 excl. VAT
Number of pages
Publication date
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Also available as
eBook PDF - € 135,99
Table of Contents
Show Table of ContentsHide Table of Contents
Jan Willem van Henten and Ihab Saloul

1. Interaction of Canon and History: Some Assumptions
Tobias Nicklas

2. The Changing Worlds of the Ten Rabbinic Martyrs
Yair Furstenberg

3. 'Who Were the Maccabees?': The Maccabean Martyrs and Performances on Christian Difference
Jennifer Knust

4. Perpetual Contest
Mieke Bal

5. 'Martyrs of Love': Genesis, Development and Twentieth Century Political Applica-tion of a Sufi Concept
Asghar Seyed-Gohrab

6. Commemorating World War 1 Soldiers as Martyrs
Jan Willem van Henten

7. The Scarecrow Christ: The Murder of Matthew Shepard and the Making of an American Culture Wars Martyr
Paul Middleton

8. Icons of Revolutionary Upheaval: Arab Spring Martyrs
Friederike Pannewick

9. Yesterday's Heroes? Canonisation of Anti-Apartheid Heroes in South Africa
Jeremy Punt

10. The Martyrdom of the Seven Sleepers in Transformation: From Syriac Christianity to the Qur'an and to the Dutch-Iranian Writer Kader Abdolah
Marcel Poorthuis

11. 'Female Martyrdom Operations': Gender and Identity Politics in Palestine
Ihab Saloul

12. Hollywood Action Hero Martyrs in 'Mad Max Fury Road'
Laura Copier


Ihab Saloul, Jan Willem van Henten (eds)


Canonisation, Contestation and Afterlives

The phenomenon of martyrdom is more than 2000 years old but, as contemporary events show, still very much alive. Martyrdom: Canonisation, Contestation and Afterlives examines the canonisation, contestation and afterlives of martyrdom and connects these with cross-cultural acts and practices of remembrance. Martyrdom appeals to the imagination of many because it is a highly ambiguous spectacle with thrilling deadly consequences. Imagination is thus a vital catalyst for martyrdom, for martyrs become martyrs only because others remember and honour them as such. This memorialisation occurs through rituals and documents that incorporate and re-interpret traditions deriving from canonical texts. The canonisation of martyrdom generally occurs in one of two ways: First, through ritual commemoration by communities of inside readers, listeners, viewers and participants, who create and recycle texts, re-interpreting them until the martyrs ultimately receive a canonical status, or second, through commemoration as a means of contestation by competing communities who perceive these same people as traitors or terrorists. By adopting an interdisciplinary orientation and a cross-cultural approach, this book goes beyond both the insider admiration of martyrs and the partisan rejection of martyrdoms and concisely synthesises key interpretive questions and themes that broach the canonised, unstable and contested representations of martyrdom as well as their analytical connections, divergences and afterlives in the present.

Ihab Saloul

Ihab Saloul is Professor of Heritage, Memory and Narrative, founder and Academic Director of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM), University of Amsterdam. His interests include heritage and memory studies, cultural studies, narrative theory and semiotics, postcolonialism, aesthetics, and diaspora and exile in contemporary cultural thought in Europe and beyond. His latest publications include W.G. Sebald’s Artistic Legacies: Memory, Word and Image (2023), and Diasporic Heritage and Identity (2023).

Jan Willem van Henten

Prof. Jan Willem van Henten is Professor of Religion (in particular Ancient Judaism and Ancient Christianity) at the University of Amsterdam, and extra-ordinary Professor of Old and New Testament at Stellenbosch University (South-Africa).