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p. 424. Contesting martyrdomlocked

  • Jolyon Mitchell


Martyrdom in Christian traditions is not a stable term with a single meaning. This is also the case within Islamic traditions. Recently martyrdom has gone digital and this has changed the ways that martyrs are commemorated, remembered, and interpreted. ‘Contesting martyrdom’ looks at how in the last decade the internet has made the images and stories of martyrs easily accessible and spreadable. The recurring theme of predictions of martyrdom on the internet is that to remember and to commemorate these martyrdoms will help to ensure that their deaths are not in vain. There are multiple interpretations of both the meaning and the value of martyrdom on the internet.

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