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This book explores the relationships between fundamentalist religious belief, political extremism and outbreaks of religiously inspired violence. Is the post-Cold War world increasingly violent and is this violence the result of strident religious understandings of how societies should be organized?

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Return of Martyrdom: Honour, Death and Immortality 11
Two Religious Meaning Systems, One Political Belief System: Religiosity, Alternative Religiosity and Political Extremism 35
Religious Violence and the Myth of Fundamentalism 55
The Uniqueness of Islamic Fundamentalism and the Fourth Wave of International Terrorism 71
Jewish Self-Defence and Terrorist Groups Prior to the Establishment of the State of Israel: Roots and Traditions 91
Counting the Causes and Dynamics of Ethnoreligious Violence 119
Reflections on Fascism and Religion 145
Abstracts 167
About the Contributors 171
Index 173
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