Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers

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Johns Hopkins University Press
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5.82 X 9.63 X 0.79 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Donald B. Kraybill is a Distinguished College Professor and senior fellow emeritus at Elizabethtown College's Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than a dozen books on Amish culture, including The Riddle of Amish Culture, The Amish, and Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy.


An insider's perspective into how a small community of Amish people, nurtured in a religious tradition of nonviolence and forgiveness, transformed into a culture of revenge and retaliation.
--Publishers Weekly
Digs deep into a story that, for all its seeming quaintness, has the power to both rock the underpinnings of hate crime legislation and to break the human heart.
Kraybill tells this fascinating story clearly, and has the knowledge and contacts to penetrate a tight-lipped community.
--The Times
An acknowledged expert on Amish life and culture, [Kraybill] explains the religious and social background of the people involved and successfully explains the legal tangle that has not yet completely played out. This book will be of interest to those who study the intersection of law and religion or the sociology of closed groups like the Amish.
--Journal of Church and State
A thorough, evenhanded, and accessible volume that provides keen insight on Amish culture.
--Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies
Captures a fascinating chapter of legal history and Amish history . . . [This] is a tale begging to be told, and Kraybill proves worthy of the task.
--The Mennonite Quarterly Review
Whether you want to learn more about the Amish in general, the Bergholz Amish in particular, are interested in the formation and maintenance of NRMs, interactions between religious groups and the law, or just want to read an informative book that is exceedingly well researched and written, balanced, and engaging, Renegade Amish is most definitely worth reading.
--Nova Religio
The apparent dissonance in these opening narratives and the peculiar nature of Amish acting violently to shear helpless victims sets the scene for Kraybill's fascinating exploration of the Bergholz Amish. . . The case has taken on new significance as the court system works to decide how people will be prosecuted under the Shepherd Byrd act and how broadly hate crimes can be defined.
--Mennonite World Review