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1. The expression ‘martyr’ (from the Greek mártys, ‘witness’) denotes a person who consciously accepts death for his or her religious position and religious community, and who, after death, receives privileges, becoming also a role model for those who remain behind. The concept is familiar to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and to other religions too—one need only recall the self…

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Preißler, Holger, “Martyr”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 13 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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