Religion And Terrorism
Religion means a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny and terrorism means the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain personal goals at whatever basis they may be. In the modern age, after the decline of ideas such as the divine right of kings and with the rise of nationalism, terrorism more often involved anarchism, nihilism and revolutionary politics, but since 1980 there has been an increase in activity motivated by religion. Important symbolic acts such as the blood sacrifice link acts of violence to religion and terrorism. Suicide terrorism, self sacrifice, or martyrdom has throughout history been organised and perpetrated by groups with both political and religious motivations. Suicide terrorism or martyrdom is efficient, inexpensive, easily organised and extremely difficult to counter, delivering maximum damage for little cost. The shocking nature of a suicide attack also attracts public attention. Glorifying the culture of martyrdom benefits the terrorist organisation and inspires more people to join the group.
BS Chauhan took his MA and PhD degree in Philosophy and serving as a teacher in Government College and is a member of some academic organization and had translated and edited some philosophical works. At heart a philosopher, he does not hesitate to accept the best in the religious traditions and the modern school of philosophy.
Preface V 1. Introduction --Pg. 1 2. Democracy and Domestic Terrorism --Pg. 23 3.Interfaith Dialogue: Religious Diversity and Local Responsibility --Pg. 41 4. Understanding Terrorism --Pg. 91 5. Religion and Terrorism --Pg. 117 6. Ethical Justification for Terrorism --Pg. 173 7. Religion, Terrorism and Public Goods --Pg. 231 8. Interpretation of Post Modern Religious Terrorism --Pg. 269 Bibliography --Pg. 303 Index --Pg. 307