Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence / Edition 3

Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence / Edition 3

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by Mark Juergensmeyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520240111

ISBN-13: 9780520240117

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: University of California Press


"By studying different 'cultures of violence' Mark Juergensmeyer has provided a plausible and imaginative interpretation of this phenomenon. He presents a lucid and compelling argument that does not belittle or demonize its subjects. This is an important contribution to our knowledge of the relationship between religion and violence."--Martha Crenshaw, editor of…  See more details below

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"By studying different 'cultures of violence' Mark Juergensmeyer has provided a plausible and imaginative interpretation of this phenomenon. He presents a lucid and compelling argument that does not belittle or demonize its subjects. This is an important contribution to our knowledge of the relationship between religion and violence."--Martha Crenshaw, editor of Terrorism in Context

"In this important book Juergensmeyer argues that the violence associated with religion is not an aberration but comes from the fundamental structures of the belief system of all major religions. Juergensmeyer has achieved what very few scholars can do with much success, providing an insightful analysis of the function of religion in national and international life while moving in broad sweeps from culture to culture and continent to continent."--Ainslie T. Embree, former cultural attaché, United States Embassy, New Delhi

"Half of the world's thirty most dangerous terrorist groups claim religion as their motivation. How can the word of God sanction acts of terror against human beings ? How can violence become a sacred duty ? These are the questions at the heart of Mark Juergensmeyer's calm, lucid, insightful and compassionate book. What sets it apart is Juergensmeyer's dedicated attempt to talk to former terrorists and work his way into their state of mind. His book shines light on the dark places from which terror springs." -- Michael Ignatieff, author of The Warrior's Honour: Ethnic War and the Modern Conscience

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240117
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society Series, #13
Edition description:
Third Edition, Completely Revised
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
140,268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface and Acknowledgments
1Terror and God3
The Meaning of Religious Terrorism4
Seeing Inside Cultures of Violence10
2Soldiers for Christ19
Mike Bray and Abortion Clinic Bombings20
Theological Justifications24
Eric Robert Rudolph and Timothy McVeigh30
Catholics and Protestants in Belfast36
3Zion Betrayed45
Yoel Lerner and the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin46
Baruch Goldstein's Attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs50
Meir Kahane and Jewish Justifications for Violence53
4Islam's "Neglected Duty"61
Mahmud Abouhalima and the World Trade Center Bombing62
Abdul Aziz Rantisi and Hamas Suicide Missions70
Modern Islamic Justifications for Violence80
5The Sword of Sikhism85
Simranjit Singh Mann and India's Assassinations87
Sikh and Hindu Justifications for Violence94
6Armageddon in a Tokyo Subway103
Takeshi Nakamura and the Aum Shinrikyo Assault106
Can Buddhist Violence Be Justified?113
7Theater of Terror121
Performance Violence124
Setting the Stage128
A Time to Kill135
Reaching the Audience141
8Cosmic War148
Grand Scenarios152
Symbolic War158
When Symbols Become Deadly163
9Martyrs and Demons167
Sacrificial Victims168
The Invention of Enemies174
America as Enemy181
Satanization and the Stages of Empowerment185
10Warriors' Power190
Empowering Marginal Men191
Why Guys Throw Bombs198
Fighting for the Rule of God210
11The Mind of God219
Empowering Religion221
Postmodern Terror228
Destroying Violence233
Notes251
Interviews and Correspondence281
Bibliography285
Index305

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Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MJT More than 1 year ago
Anyone alive who remembers the tragedies that occurred in America on 9/11 will find this book helpful in understanding the mind of a terrorist. To the average thinking human being, the thoughtless murder of innocent people is hard to understand. When someone seeks to justify senseless killing behind the physod of religion, its even more troubling and despicable. Its clear Mr. Juergensmeyer did some indepth research to help provide rational thinking people with a picture into the mind of individuals who are able to commit terrorist acts and simply put their head on a pillow and sleep calmly, without remorse--assuming they are not suicide bombers. Its even more troubling to read the comments of so-called religious scholars who sanction the killing of innocent people simply because they don't believe the same way as the intended victim. This provides details of the thinking behind the terrorism and is a good work for those seeking to understand the single biggest threat facing America today.