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Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) Paperback – September 1, 2003
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"Written well and engagingly for a popular audience."--Jonathan Groner, "Washington Post Book World"
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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 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
"Half of the world's thirty most dangerous terrorist groups claim religion as their motivation. How can the word of God sanction acts of terror against human beings ? How can violence become a sacred duty ? These are the questions at the heart of Mark Juergensmeyer's calm, lucid, insightful and compassionate book. What sets it apart is Juergensmeyer's dedicated attempt to talk to former terrorists and work his way into their state of mind. His book shines light on the dark places from which terror springs." Michael Ignatieff, author of The Warrior's Honour: Ethnic War and the Modern Conscience
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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.