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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, ©2003.
Series: Comparative studies in religion and society, 13.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 3rd ed., rev. and updatedView all editions and formats
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Since September 11, 2001, we all need tools to help us understand what motivates religious terrorism. In this wide-ranging and erudite book, Mark Juergensmeyer asks one of the most important and perplexing questions of our age: Why do religious people commit violent acts in the name of their god, taking the lives of innocent victims and terrorizing entire populations? This, the first comparative study of religious  Read more...
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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: 0520240111 9780520240117
OCLC Number: 52109207
Description: xvii, 319 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface to the revised edition --
Preface and acknowledgments --
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. Seeing 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. Destroying violence. Terrifying terrorists. Violence wins. Separating religion from politics. Healing politics with religion --
Notes --
Interviews and correspondence --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Comparative studies in religion and society, 13.
Responsibility: Mark Juergensmeyer.
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Beneath the histories of religious traditions - from biblical wars to crusading ventures and great acts of martyrdom - violence has lurked as a shadowy presence. This study explores acts of religious  Read more...

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