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Terror In The Name Of God : Why Religious Militants Kill - Jessica Stern

Terror In The Name Of God

Why Religious Militants Kill

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For four years, Jessica Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Traveling extensively—to refugee camps in Lebanon, to religious schools in Pakistan, to prisons in Amman, Asqelon, and Pensacola—she discovered that the Islamic jihadi in the mountains of Pakistan and the Christian fundamentalist bomber in Oklahoma have much in common.

Based on her vast research, Stern lucidly explains how terrorist organizations are formed by opportunistic leaders who—using religion as both motivation and justification—recruit the disenfranchised. She depicts how moral fervor is transformed into sophisticated organizations that strive for money, power, and attention.

Jessica Stern's extensive interaction with the faces behind the terror provide unprecedented insight into acts of inexplicable horror, and enable her to suggest how terrorism can most effectively be countered.

A crucial book on terrorism, Terror in the Name of God is a brilliant and thought-provoking work.

"A significant addition to a growing shelf of timely books on terrorism." -- Christian Science Monitor
"Stern's firsthand encounters bring a valuable and much-needed perspective to the problem of religious violence." -- Publishers Weekly
"Timely and compelling." -- Booklist
"Wise and Thorough." -- Christopher Dickey, Newsweek

Introductionp. xiii
Grievances That Give Rise to Holy Warp. 1
Alienationp. 9
Humiliationp. 32
Demographicsp. 63
Historyp. 85
Territoryp. 107
Holy War Organizationsp. 139
Inspirational Leaders and Their Followersp. 147
Lone-Wolf Avengersp. 172
Commanders and Their Cadresp. 188
The Ultimate Organization: Networks, Franchises, and Freelancersp. 237
Conclusion/Policy Recommendationsp. 281
Notesp. 297
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780060505332
ISBN-10: 0060505338
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 14.1  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.33