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e-Book Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) download

e-Book Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) download

by Mark Juergensmeyer

ISBN: 0520232062
ISBN13: 978-0520232068
Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press; 1st edition (September 21, 2001)
Pages: 332
Category: Humanities
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In this important book Juergensmeyer argues that the violence associated with religion is not an aberration but comes from the fundamental . Series: Comparative Studies in Religion and Society (Book 13).

In this important book Juergensmeyer argues that the violence associated with religion is not an aberration but comes from the fundamental structures of the belief system of all major religions. Juergensmeyer has achieved what very few scholars can do with much success, providing an insightful analysis of the function of religion in national and international life while moving in broad sweeps from culture to culture and continent to continent. -Ainslie T. Embree, former cultural attaché, United States Embassy, New Delhi.

Mark Juergensmeyer is Professor of Sociology and Director of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mark Juergensmeyer (born 1940 in Carlinville, Illinois) is an American scholar in sociology, global studies and religious studies and a writer best known for his studies of religious violence and global religion. He is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Global Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. Juergensmeyer received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Illinois in 1962, an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, New York in 1965, and a P.

The role that religion plays in the motivation of "religious terrorism" is the subject of much ongoing dispute, even in the case of jihadist groups

If so, our results may underestimate the importance of religion as a factor in organizational lethality. The role that religion plays in the motivation of "religious terrorism" is the subject of much ongoing dispute, even in the case of jihadist groups. Some scholars, for differing reasons, deny that it has any role; others acknowledge the religious character of jihad-ism in particular, but subtlety discount the role of religion, while favoring other explanations for this form of 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.

Comparative Studies in Religion and Society. One aspect of the problematic nature of this book is in the choice of individuals or groups that are discussed. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Series: Comparative Studies in Religion and Society. 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.

Juergensmeyer, Mark (Author). religious violence I Murk lucrgcn�meyer. The Mind of God Empowering Religion Fbsrmodel1l Terror Curing Violence. Terror in the Mind of God : The Global Rise of Religious Violence. Ewing, NJ, USA: University of California Press, 2000. Doc?id 10064725&ppg 1. Comparative Studies in Religion and Society Mark Juergensmeyer. I. Redemptive Encounters: Three Modem Slyles in (he Hindu Tradition, by Lawrence A. Babb. p. cH. {Comparative studies in religion and soc iety: 13) Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and. index.

Splitting his book into two parts, Juergensmeyer, first, highlights examples of religious terrorism within the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Buddhist traditions. The author interviews religious leaders and activists within cultures of violence present in each of these traditions.

Beneath the histories of religious traditions--from biblical wars to crusading ventures and great acts of martyrdom--violence has lurked as a shadowy presence. Images of death have never been far from the heart of religion's power to stir the imagination. 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. Incorporating 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
Comments:
Sirara
I bought this book for a course (required reading) and am so happy to have read it. It's a really great look at religiously-motivated "terror" from a wide set of religions. While you get some brief deep-dives on certain groups or ideologies, the book takes a wider approach and scans various religions across all parts of the world and their common uniting threat in inspiring and encouraging terrorism/[political] violence. Juergensmeyer does a fantastic job and I definitely recommend getting this on your book shelf asap.

Questanthr
Juergensmeyer straddles religious traditions to find common threads of violence. Fundamentalist, overly-rigid/simplistic philosophical reactions to technological and societal change bolster pathologically violent acts through dehumanization and demonizing of the secular and/or different. Much can be learned from this analysis. Great segment identifying Timothy McVey's right-wing, anti-government motivations for the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995. As a resident of Oklahoma, these ties were somehow white-washed and swept under the rug. Instead of focusing on the irrational fears and bigger societal movements that spawned his horrific action, Oklahomans tend to limit the lunacy to only he and Terry Nichols without greater attention to the separatist compound where he trained. Perhaps we also "run" from the truth with our memorial marathon. Moreover, Juergensmeyer's focus spans not only Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, but also (and surprisingly) Buddhism and Sikhism as well. No faith gets preferential treatment. A worthy read in a post-911 world for those looking for answers to avoid more senseless tragedy.

Drelalak
Terror in the mind of God is a remarkable work made all the more remarkable by the author's dispassionate portrayal of people who, in every other facet (except that facet, religious belief, which has consumed and overwhelmed all the other elements of their humanity) of their lives seem to be no different from the reasonable and decent "normal" people who espouse Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist,or Jewish beliefs. Perhaps a major difference which sets apart those who kill, and in some cases die, for their religious beliefs is that there is never the slightest element of doubt in the minds of the true believer, and this total belief by religious fundamentalists of any faith in a cosmology which unbelievers find incredible, is always dangerous. (Didn't someone smart once say, "I don't care what you believe about God so long as you don't believe it totally.") Juergensmeyer has managed to elicit and portray their fanaticism in such a way that the reader is never tempted to laugh uproarously at even the most fantastic, unbelievable and outrageous claims of these "true believers". I've no experience with Jewish, Islamic, Sikh, Hindu or Buddhist true believers, but having lived all of my adult life in Northwest Arkansas and provided abortions in my medical practice in area surrounded by "true believers" from the furtherest fringes of the Christian Right and having been the target of Christian antiabortion fundamentalists on numerous occasions in the past, I can testify that Jeurgensmeyer knows his terrorists. The folks who have targeted me and my practice seem on first glance to be concerned and reasonable people, at least until the subject turns to abortion or gays, evolution or prayer in the schools. Then their eyes literally glaze and they begin to spout utter nonsense as though reading from a text. I have been on talk shows, debates and public forums with them, sitting in a chair next to them, and were I a fearful man, easily intimidated, it would have been a most frightening experience. Of course, terror is what they want and intend to inspire in both their victims and in those observing, just as Jeurgensmeyer said. But if their actions cannot terrify those of us at whom they are aimed, what is the point? Unfortunately, the terrorists who confront us today have certainly managed to terrify a significant portion of the American citizanry. We can only hope that fear doesn't rob us of our collective wits, although the performance of the current military and political leadership in this country (with the glaring exception of Colin Powell and the California congresswoman - I wish I could remember her name - who cast the lone vote against our current Asian adventure)does not inspire confidence. This book, coupled with Ahmed Rashid's book, Taliban, should be required reading for anyone who aspires to a position of leadership in this country over the next fifty years or so, and should certainly be on the curriculum of any religious institution which purports to instruct as opposed to indoctrinate religious leaders. Religious belief in the service of peace and justice, of solice and relief, has been one of the great blessings of mankind. I am just not sure that this benign aspect of religion has ever been enough to compensate for its more malignant faces.

Dagdardana
This is an excellent treatment of the subject by an author who has met personally (and continues to meet) many of the key actors on the global stage in this field! I therefore take his descriptions, opinions, and analyses very seriously! Very thoughtfully and interestingly written!

MOQ
This book is on my reading list here at UNR, and it is one of the VERY few that didn't disappoint.
It is honest, frank and shares an inside look into the minds of terrorists.
If you go into the book with an open mind and not just the preconceived notion that all terrorists are nut jobs, and read it to gain a dfferent perspective of why some of these acts occur, then the book can be an eye opener.
It doesn't create sympathy or empathy in the reader, but it does help one to understand why people act they way they do.
By understanding why they do what they do, maybe we can better prevent it.

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