Islamic Terror: Conscious and Unconscious Motives [NOOK Book]

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Independent scholar Falk analyzes the genesis of Islamic terror from many standpoints, including religious, cultural, historical, political, social, economic and, above all, psychological. Drawing on his training as a clinical psychologist, Falk's writings specialize in psychohistory and political psychology. Here, he examines topics including infantile experience and adult terrorism, the meaning of terror, terrorists and their mothers, narcissistic rage and Islamic terror, and whether terrorists are "normal" ...
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Overview

Independent scholar Falk analyzes the genesis of Islamic terror from many standpoints, including religious, cultural, historical, political, social, economic and, above all, psychological. Drawing on his training as a clinical psychologist, Falk's writings specialize in psychohistory and political psychology. Here, he examines topics including infantile experience and adult terrorism, the meaning of terror, terrorists and their mothers, narcissistic rage and Islamic terror, and whether terrorists are "normal" people, as some scholars claim. He also describes the infantile development of terrorist pathology, non-psychoanalytic theories of terrorism, globalization's effect on terrorism, and the notion of the clash of civilizations. Examining the emotional structure of traditional Muslim families, Falk shows us the Muslim child's ambivalence toward his or her parents, ways in which Muslims abuse women and children, and the roots of Muslim rage, and why all of that plays into the development of future terrorism. Other topics addressed in this reader-friendly analysis include history's first Islamic terrorists and three important cases--two recent, deadly terrorists and a primary figure in our current "war on terror." The central idea throughout the book is that a person's attitude toward terror and terrorism--as well as whether he or she becomes a murderous terrorist, or even who wages a global war on terror--has much to do with that person's own terrifying experiences in infancy and childhood. Such terror, usually experienced first in the earliest interactions with the mother, is symbolically expressed, as Falk shows, in fairy tales and myths about terrifying witches and female monsters.Further terror may be experienced in the relationship with the father and also in various other traumatic ways. It is these early terrors, when extreme and uncontrollable, that most often produce terrorists and wars on terror, Falk argues. Thus, his book focuses on the conscious, but also on the irrational and unconscious causes of terrorism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313357657
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 557,674
  • File size: 422 KB

Meet the Author

AVNER FALK is an internationally-known Israeli scholar, expert in the fields of psychohistory and political psychology. He trained as a clinical psychologist at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Washington University in St. Louis. He practiced psychotherapy for 25 years, during which he served as Senior Clinical Psychologist at several mental health centers, before becoming a fulltime independent scholar. He authored seven earlier books, including Anti-Semitism: A History and Psychology of Hatred (Praeger, 2008), Fratricide in the Holy Land: A Psychoanalytic View of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and Napoleon Against Himself: A Psychobiography.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Infantile Terror and Adult Terrorism

The Meaning of Terror 1

The Psychology of Religion 4

Religious Terror and Academic Disciplines 7

Terrorists and Their Mothers 13

The Nature of Islamic Terror 17

Historical and Sociological Explanations 21

Narcissistic Rage and Islamic Terror 24

The Narcissistic and Borderline Personality Disorders 29

Are Terrorists Normal? 32

The Infantile Development of Terrorist Pathology 37

Non-Psychoanalytic Theories of Terrorism 40

Globalization and Islamic Terrorism 44

The World Trade Center Tragedy 48

The Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaida 51

A State of Denial 56

The Futile and Tragic "Global War on Terror" 61

The Irrationalities of Islamic Terror 71

Terror, Love, and Hate 83

The Psychological Role of the Mass Communication Media 109

Terrorism and Anxiety 113

Self-Knowledge and Understanding Others 114

A Clash of Civilizations? 117

Amir Taheri and Iran's Humiliation 125

The Emotional Structure of Muslim Families 128

The Structure of Muslim Society 131

The "Arab Mind"? 135

The Muslim Child's Ambivalence Toward Its Parents 138

Terror, Basic Mistrust, and the Lack of Object Constancy 141

The Abuse of Women and Children in Muslim Society 144

Biased Views of Islamic Terrorism 151

Religious Extremism, Psychic Regression, and Terror 154

Fantasies of Rebirth through Violent Death 158

History's First Islamic Terrorists? 162

Suicide Murder as Unconscious Fusion with the Mother 166

The Roots of Muslim Rage 171

Muslim Love, Hate, and Rage, from the Family to the Political 174

Case Studies 184

Bibliography 211

Index 251

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