Zealotry and Vengeance

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On November 4, 1995 the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin left Israeli society shocked and bewildered by the reemergence of religiously motivated political violence in an age of secularism. In Zealotry and Vengeance Samuel Peleg analyzes the social, political, and structural motivations and conditions that have encouraged this resurgence of religious violence. It profiles the rise of the Zionist messianic movement from protest and activism to assassination, and asks whether the killing of Rabin was a fluke or a harbinger of things to come—based on Israeli society's extensive support for the proclivity to violence. The book provides students of political behavior and participation with both a scientific study of the extremist state of mind and an acute analysis of the cycle of violence and tolerance threatening to once again engulf the Middle East.

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Editorial Reviews

William A. Gamson
This book skillfully uses conflict theory and social movement theory to understand zealotry and vengeance. The author has the courage to analyze the growth of these tendencies in his own Israeli society.
Harvey Starr
From an interdisciplinary perspective, Peleg presents new, seminal observations regarding the connections between societal legitimacy and democracy with domestic conflict. By focusing on religion-based revitalization movements as identity groups, Peleg . . . challenge[s] the adequacy of the Realist state-centric paradigm for the study of conflict and violence in the global system.
Peleg's book is an impressive scholarly work. It is based on a rich theoretical background, with authoritative use of Russell, Arendt, Parsons, Manheim, and Habermas.
Terrorism and Political Violence
The judicious use of a clear theoretical framework, with a strong internal logic, places this composition on a par with the major classical works that attempt to provide an explanation for Jewish political violence in Israel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739103326
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Peleg teaches at Tel Aviv University and the College of Tel Aviv in Jaffa.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Propagating the Wrath of God Chapter 3 A Guide For The Perplexed: Religious-Political Violence Chapter 4 The Wrath of God: Who Propagates It? Chapter 5 The Wrath of God: Why Is It Propagated? Chapter 6 The Wrath of God: How Is It Propagated? Chapter 7 The Revitalized Identity Group as Actor Chapter 8 Religious-Political Violence in Israel—Where Is It Heading? Chapter 9 Postscript: The Abyss Looks Back

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