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This study examines the functional relationship between millenarian-inspired terrorism and the process of political change. Through an exhaustive investigation of late twentieth-century movements—Aum Shinrikyo, Sendero Luminoso, and Hezbollah—it concludes that in each case, apocalyptic expectations performed a significant group mobilization, leadership and therapeutic function.
Terrorism and Prophecy
• The Rise of Millenarian Terror
• The Mediating Role of the Prophet
• Alienation and the Quest for Renewal
• Identity and Apocalyptic Violence