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Blood That Cries Out From the EarthThe Psychology of Religious Terrorism$
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James Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335972.001.0001

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The Need for a Multidimensional Model

Blood That Cries Out From the Earth

Jones James W

Oxford University Press

“Religion and Terrorism: The Need for a Multidimensional Model.” Chapter 1 stresses that religiously motivated terrorism is very complex, and no single perspective or discipline can completely account for it. The idea that any single model can enable us to predict terrorist actions is rejected. This chapter touches on issues of defining both terrorism and religion, reviews past research on the psychological and social facilitation of violent behavior (Milgram, Zimbardo, Waller, Bandura) and its relation to terrorism, and discusses the contested relationship between religious and political factors in the genesis of religious terrorism through an analysis of Pape’s book Dying to Win and the different ways that religious terrorists fuse religion and politics.

Keywords:   terrorism, religious terrorism, social psychology of terrorism, religion and politics, suicide bombers, Stanley Milgram, Philip Zimbardo, James Waller, Robert Pape, Tamil Tigers, Christian reconstructionists

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