Sacred Terror

How Faith Becomes Lethal

This book places the current wave of religion-based terrorism in a historical perspective, explaining why religion is associated with terrorism, comparing religion-based terrorism to other forms of terrorism, and documenting how religion-based terrorism is a product of powerful political, socioeconomic, and psychological forces. Les mer
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This book places the current wave of religion-based terrorism in a historical perspective, explaining why religion is associated with terrorism, comparing religion-based terrorism to other forms of terrorism, and documenting how religion-based terrorism is a product of powerful political, socioeconomic, and psychological forces.

Religion-based terrorism is perceived as one of the most significant threats to U.S. homeland security in the 21st century. Sacred Terror: How Faith Becomes Lethal makes the central argument that religion-based violence and terrorism is primarily a result of political, socioeconomic, and psychological forces, thereby demystifying religion-based terrorism and revealing its inherent similarity to other forms of terrorism and war.



Daniel Price examines religious texts and traditions in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; looks at the history of religion-based terrorism; and explores why religion facilitates violence. He builds upon this foundation to explain how religion as an ideological force that motivates violence is not as powerful as commonly believed, and that religious fervor is not unlike other non-religious ideologies such as Marxism, nationalism, and anarchism. The work also presents in-depth analysis of the political, socioeconomic, and psychological forces that are behind religion-based violence, and discusses case studies from multiple religions that illustrate the author's argument.

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Religion has been associated with terrorism and violence for thousands of years. But is it really religion that "causes" terrorism? The same religious texts and traditions can be used to support peace or violence. Authoritarianism, global power imbalance, invasion and occupation, globalization of the world economy, rapid modernization, and group psychology are the real root causes of religion-based terrorism.Daniel Price is assistant professor at Westfield State University, MA. He previously has taught at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Kent State University-Trumbull Campus. His published works include Islamic Political Culture, Democracy, and Human Rights: A Comparative Study.