Sacred Terror: How Faith Becomes Lethal

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Religion-based terrorism is perceived as one of the most significant threats to U.S. homeland security in the 21st century. Sacred Terror: How Faith Becomes Lethal makes the central argument that religion-based violence and terrorism is primarily a result of political, socioeconomic, and psychological forces, thereby demystifying religion-based terrorism and revealing its inherent similarity to other forms of terrorism and war.

Daniel Price examines religious texts and traditions in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; looks at the history of religion-based terrorism; and explores why religion facilitates violence. He builds upon this foundation to explain how religion as an ideological force that motivates violence is not as powerful as commonly believed, and that religious fervor is not unlike other non-religious ideologies such as Marxism, nationalism, and anarchism. The work also presents in-depth analysis of the political, socioeconomic, and psychological forces that are behind religion-based violence, and discusses case studies from multiple religions that illustrate the author's argument.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313386381
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 How Religion Facilitates Terrorism 1

2 A More Complex Relationship between Religion and Terrorism 25

3 Political Causes of Religion-Based Terrorism 49

4 Socioeconomic Causes of Religion-Based Terrorism 75

5 Psychological Causes of Religion-Based Terrorism 101

6 Judaism: Religion-Based Terrorism in Israel 129

7 Christianity: The Troubles in Northern Ireland and Antiabortion Terrorism in the United States 153

8 Islam: Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda 183

Conclusion: What's Next? 215

Notes 229

Index 259

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