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Radical, religious, and violent : the new economics of terrorism

Author: Eli Berman
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, ©2009.
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How do radical religious sects run such deadly terrorist organizations? Hezbollah, Hamas, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban all began as religious groups dedicated to piety and charity. Yet once they turned to violence, they became horribly potent, executing campaigns of terrorism deadlier than those of their secular rivals. In Radical, Religious, and Violent, Eli Berman approaches the question using the economics of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eli Berman
ISBN: 9780262026406 0262026406
OCLC Number: 318292668
Description: xi, 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Why are religious terrorists so lethal? Hezbollah --
The Taliban --
Hamas --
The lethality of religious radicals --
What motivates terrorists? The afterlife and other myths --
Terrorist organizations, why so few? --
Internal economies and organizational efficiency --
What's coming? --
The defection constraint --
Origins of the Taliban --
trade routes and defection --
Coordinated assault --
Terrorism and defection: Hamas --
The Jewish underground: terrorists who overreached --
Hezbollah and suicide attacks --
The Mahdi army in Iraq --
Sects, prohibitions, and mutual aid: the organizational secrets of religious radicals --
Prohibitions and sacrifices: the benign puzzles --
Where are the dads? --
Mutual aid --
Prohibitions and clubs --
Evidence --
Fertility --
Pronatalist prohibitions --
Radical Islam and fertility --
Sect, Subsidy, and Sacrifice: Subsidized sacrifice --
Madrassas --
Subsidized prohibitions and fertility --
How many radical Islamists? --
The Hamas model: why religious radicals are such effective terrorists: The "Hamas model" --
Origins of the model --
Hamas --
Social Service provision by the Taliban, Hezbollah, and al-Sadr --
Why religious radicals are such lethal terrorists --
Terrorist clubs --
Evidence --
When terrorists fail --
Clubs and violence without religion --
Gratuitous cruelty --
Objections --
Why suicide attacks? --
Rebels, insurgents, and terrorists --
Suicide attacks --
Evidence --
Coreligionists are soft targets --
Clubs --
Alternative explanations --
The future of suicide attacks --
Constructive counterterrorism: How terrorist clubs succeed --
Constructive counterterrorism --
What's wrong with the old-fashioned methods? --
Where to start? --
The Malayan Precedent --
Religious radicals and violence in the modern world: Radical Christians, benign and violent --
The supernatural and credibility --
Markets and denominations --
Jewish and Muslim denominations --
What's wrong with religion in government? Competition and pluralism --
Not about us --
What's our role? --
Analytical Appendix: The defection constraint --
Clubs, loyalty, and outside options --
Suicide attacks vs. hard targets --
Protecting hard targets by improving outside options.
Responsibility: Eli Berman.
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Applying fresh tools from economics to explain puzzling behaviors of religious radicals: Muslim, Christian, and Jewish; violent and benign.  Read more...

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