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

Sampul Depan
Since September 11, 2001, we all need tools to help us understand what motivates religious terrorism. In this wide-ranging and erudite book, Mark Juergensmeyer asks one of the most important and perplexing questions of our age: Why do religious people commit violent acts in the name of their god, taking the lives of innocent victims and terrorizing entire populations? This, the first comparative study of religious terrorism, explores incidents such as the World Trade Center explosion, Hamas suicide bombings, the Tokyo subway nerve gas attack, and the killing of abortion clinic doctors in the United States. Updated with a new preface addressing the events of September 11, the book incorporates personal interviews with 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, Juergensmeyer takes us into the mindset of those who perpetrate and support violent acts. In the process, he helps us understand why these acts are often associated with religious causes and why they occur with such frequency at this moment in history. Terror in the Mind of God places these acts of violence in the context of global political and social changes, and posits them as attempts to empower the cultures of violence that support them. Juergensmeyer analyzes the economic, ideological, and gender-related dimensions of cultures that embrace a central sacred concept--cosmic war--and that employ religion to demonize their enemies. Juergensmeyer's narrative is engaging, incisive, and sweeping in scope. He convincingly shows that while, in many cases, religion supplies not only the ideology but also the motivation and organizational structure for the perpetrators of violent acts, it also carries with it the possibilities for peace. Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction Book of 2000.
 

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Terror and God
xvii
Seeing Inside Cultures of Violence
6
Cultures of Violence
13
Soldiers for Christ
15
Theological Justifications
20
Eric Robert Rudolph and Timothy McVeigh
26
Catholics and Protestants in Belfast
32
Zion Betrayed
41
Cosmic War
144
Grand Scenarios
148
Symbolic War
154
When Symbols Become Deadly
159
Martyrs and Demons
163
Sacrificial Victims
164
The Invention of Enemies
170
America as Enemy
177

Yoel Lerner and the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
42
Baruch Goldsteins Attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs
46
Meir Kahane and Jewish Justifications for Violence
49
Islams Neglected Duty
57
Mahmud Abouhalima and the World Trade Center Bombing
58
Abdul Aziz Rantisi and Hamas Suicide Missions
66
Modern Islamic Justifications for Violence
76
The Sword of Sikhism
81
Simranjit Singh Mann and Indias Assassinations
83
Sikh and Hindu Justifications for Violence
90
Armageddon in a Tokyo Subway
99
Takeshi Nakamura and the Aum Shinrikyo Assault
102
Can Buddhist Violence Be Justified?
109
The Logic of Religious Violence
115
Theater of Terror
117
Setting the Stage
124
A Time to Kill
131
Reaching the Audience
137
Satanization and the Stages of Empowerment
181
Warriors Power
186
Empowering Marginal Men
187
Why Guys Throw Bombs
194
Fighting for the Rule of God
206
The Mind of God
215
Empowering Religion
217
Postmodern Terror
224
Curing Violence
229
Terrifying Terrorists
232
Violence Wins
234
Separating Religion from Politics
236
Healing Politics with Religion
239
Notes
247
Interviews and Correspondence
277
Bibliography
281
Index
301
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Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology and Director of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for 2003 in the religion category and the author of The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State (California, 1993), and Gandhi's Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution (California, 2002), and editor of Global Religions: An Introduction (2003).

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