Terror in the Mind of God : The Global Rise of Religious Violence, Paperback

Terror in the Mind of God : The Global Rise of Religious Violence Paperback

Part of the Comparative Studies in Religion & Society series

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Completely revised and updated, this new edition of Terror in the Mind of God incorporates the events of September 11, 2001 into Mark Juergensmeyer's landmark study of religious terrorism.

Juergensmeyer explores the 1993 World Trade Center explosion, Hamas suicide bombings, the Tokyo subway nerve gas attack, and the killing of abortion clinic doctors in the United States.

His personal interviews with 1993 World Trade Center bomber Mahmud Abouhalima, Christian Right activist Mike Bray, Hamas leaders Sheik Yassin and Abdul Azis Rantisi, and Sikh political leader Simranjit Singh Mann, among others, take us into the mindset of those who perpetrate and support violence in the name of religion.




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I haven't quite finished this book yet, but I already strongly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about religious terrorism. My husband originally read this in an undergrad class and passed it on to me as I work in a sector that has to deal with media attention around recent terrorist attacks. Juergensmeyer has actually sat down with religious extremists to discuss their motivations, and he does an excellent job of breaking down the events that lead up to the terrorist attacks he talks about. This book is an excellent reminder that it is not ONE single group or person committing violent acts in the name of a religion, and that it is unhelpful and futile to paint the entire religion with a bad brush because of these fringe extremists.

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