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Talking to the enemy : violent extremism, sacred values, and what it means to be human

Author: Scott Atran
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Looks at the root causes of terrorism; discusses the psychological, social, and religious aspects of terrorism; and offers practical solutions on ways to identify and prevent future terrorists.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Atran
ISBN: 9781846144127 1846144124
OCLC Number: 646400272
Description: xviii, 558 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I: The cause. Sulawesi: an anthropologist at work --
To be human: what is it? --
The Moors of Mezuak --
Part II: The religious rise of civilizations. Creation of the Western world --
Submission: Islam --
The tides of terror --
A parallel universe: the 9/11 Hamburg group and the three waves of Jihad --
pt. III: Whither Al Qaeda? Bali and Madrid. Farhin's way --
The road to Bali: "For all you Christian infidels!" --
The JI social club --
The great train bombing: Madrid, March 11, 2004 --
Looking for Al Qaeda --
The ordinariness of terror --
pt. IV: The wild East. Prying into Pakistan --
A question of honor: why the Taliban fight and what to do about it --
The terror scare: exaggerating threats at home and abroad --
pt. V: War parties --
groups, God, and glory. All in the family: imagined kin, friendship, and teamwork --
Blood sport: war makes men men --
Beyond all reason: the Clausewitz delusion --
pt. VI: "The mother of all problems" --
Palestine, the world's symbolic knot. Martyrdom 101 --
Words to end wars: the science of the sacred --
pt. VI: The divine dream and the collapse of cultures. Bad faith: the new atheist salvation --
Human rites: natural origins and evolution of religion --
Our religious world --
Epilogue: Abe's answer --
The question of politics.
Responsibility: Scott Atran.
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