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Document Details :
Title: 'Beneath Religious Claims'
Subtitle: Reading the Book of Esther from a Sociopolitical Context
Author(s): QUAYESI-AMAKYE, Joseph
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 28 Issue: 1 Date: 2018
Beneath the surface of the narrative in the Book of Esther are embedded, unruly, semiotically unstable text and that must be decoded theologically for safe political and social application. Traditionally, the story has been read as a religious conflict that resulted from Haman’s unnecessary hatred for the Jews in King Xerxes I’s Assyria. However, a careful reading of this narrative will bring out several socio-political ignored themes. Thus, I discuss, analyze and assess how in many cases religious conflicts are actually underpinned by social and political motives and tensions.