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Terror in the mind of God : the global rise of religious violence

Author: Mark Juergensmeyer
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2000.
Series: Comparative studies in religion and society, 13.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines such incidents as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Tokyo subway nerve gas attack, and the killing of abortion clinic doctors in the U.S. to explore the reasons behind acts of violence committed for religious causes.
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Juergensmeyer
ISBN: 0520223012 9780520223011 0520232062 9780520232068
OCLC Number: 41355731
Description: xv, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. 1. Terror and God : The meaning of religious terrorism ; Seeing inside cultures of violence --
Cultures of violence. 2. Soldiers for Christ : Mike Bray and abortion clinic bombings ; Theological justifications ; Eric Robert Rudolph and Timothy McVeigh ; Catholics and Protestants in Belfast --
3. Zion betrayed : Yoel Lerner and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin ; Baruch Goldstein's attack at the tomb of the patriarchs ; Meir Kahane and Jewish justifications for violence --
4. Islam's "neglected duty" : Mahmud Abouhalima and the World Trade Center bombing ; Abdul Aziz Rantisi and Hamas suicide missions ; Modern Islamic justifications for violence --
5. The sword of sikhism : Simranjit Singh Mann and India's assassinations ; Sikh and Hindu justifications for violence. 6. Armageddon in a Tokyo subway : Takeshi Nakamura and the Aum Shinrikyo assault ; Can Buddhist violence be justified? --
The logic of religious violence. 7. Theater of terror : Performance violence ; Setting the stage ; A time to kill ; Reaching the audience --
8. Cosmic war : Grand scenarios ; Symbolic war ; When symbols become deadly --
9. Martyrs and demons : Sacrificial victims ; The invention of enemies ; America as enemy ; Satanization and the stages of empowerment --
10. Warriors' power : Empowering marginal men ; Why guys throw bombs ; Fighting for the rule of God --
11. The mind of God : Empowering religion ; Postmodern terror ; Curing violence.
Series Title: Comparative studies in religion and society, 13.
Responsibility: Mark Juergensmeyer.
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