For Love of the Father: A Psychoanalytic Study of Religious Terrorism

For Love of the Father: A Psychoanalytic Study of Religious Terrorism

by Ruth Stein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804763054

ISBN-13: 9780804763059

Pub. Date: 11/23/2009

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Ruth Stein's pioneering study explains suicidal terrorism from a psychoanalytic perspective. The author argues that most Islamic extremists undertake destructive and self-destructive actions not out of blind hatred, not even for political gain, but to achieve an explosive merger with a transcendent awesome Father, God. The extremist is thus motivated more by his

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Ruth Stein's pioneering study explains suicidal terrorism from a psychoanalytic perspective. The author argues that most Islamic extremists undertake destructive and self-destructive actions not out of blind hatred, not even for political gain, but to achieve an explosive merger with a transcendent awesome Father, God. The extremist is thus motivated more by his love for God than his hatred of the infidel. The contemporary Islamic terrorist kills "God's enemies" to express his intoxication with and complete submission to the God-idea. Stein further shows that this same leitmotif of filial submission and sacrifice runs through patriarchal monotheism in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804763059
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/23/2009
Series:
Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,109,010
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Evil as Love and as Liberation: The Mind of a Suicidal Religious Terrorist 21

2 Fundamentalism as Vertical Mystical Homoeros 45

3 Purification as Violence 61

4 Regression to the Father: Clinical Narratives and Theoretical Reflections 74

5 The Triadic Structure of Evil 102

Appendix A Mohammed Atta's Letter 143

Appendix B From Dr. Ali Shariati's After Shahadat 149

Notes 157

References 191

Index 211

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