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This paper reviews and analyzes M. Juergensmeyer's seminal article about religious extremism and its relationship to terror in the article "Terror in the Mind of God." First, the paper notes the prescience of the author in writing this work because it was published a year before the 9/11 attacks. Then the review examines how the article cites a recent history of incidences suggesting that the inclination toward acts of terrorism is correlated not to any specific faith but to the practice of faith in general. Next, the paper discusses terrorism in the Muslim world. Finally, the paper addresses the nature of conflict as it has been perpetuated between established and hegemonic states and those 'fringe' groups who practice a violent mode of religious extremism. The review concludes by stating that according to juergensmeyer's article, religion is often a path to misdirection, obscuring compromise and resolution.
From the Paper:"This internal contradiction tends to be one of the defining features of terrorism, and certainly one which draws our attention to the recent emphasis on acts of religious extremism in the Muslim world. The confrontation on various fronts between Western capitalism and Arab tribalism is increasingly pushing to the surface the hostilities of those groups who, though driven by economic, political and cultural imperatives, will tend to coalesce around the justifications provided by religious precepts. And as noted here above, there is an inherent politicization in the term terrorism which also tends to draw connections to religion. As Juergensmeyer points out, it is hardly reasonable to suggest that state-sponsored acts of violence or sanctioned military invasions are in any way morally superior or less terrifying to their targets than are acts of guerilla terror. Instead, among the distinguishing features between these two brands of carnage is the explicit reference to religious entitlement or necessity where the specific act of violence is concerned.
"This issue of politicization and terminology is not a mere semantic note though. There is yet a great deal of relevance in this subject to understanding the nature of conflict as it has been perpetuated between established and hegemonic states and those 'fringe' groups who practice a violent mode of religious extremism. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Juergensmeyer, M. (2000). Terror in the Mind of God. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Cite this Article Review:
Religious Extremism and the Politicization of Terror (2012, October 19) Retrieved January 16, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/religious-extremism-and-the-politicization-of-terror-151879/
"Religious Extremism and the Politicization of Terror" 19 October 2012. Web. 16 January. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/article-review/religious-extremism-and-the-politicization-of-terror-151879/>