Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind
This book is an attempt to examine and explain the nature and sources of terrorists' beliefs, actions, goals, world views and states of mind. It ... Show synopsis This book is an attempt to examine and explain the nature and sources of terrorists' beliefs, actions, goals, world views and states of mind. It addresses one of the most vexing intellectual and political challenges of our time. Earlier attempts to explain the psychology of terrorism have tended to ignore the phenomenon's diversity. Too often, one or another terrorist individual or group has been studied, with the conclusions from that study then being applied to terrorist individuals and groups emerging from very different backgrounds and beliefs. Also too often, authors have attempted to explain the psychology of terrorism by means of one or another simple psychological theory. The contributors to this book aim to bring deep learning and experience in realms that are vital to an understanding of the arenas within which terrorist behaviour takes place - arenas such as ideology, nationalism and religion. The authors explore terrorist behaviour in its troubling richness and diversity, and identify the ways in which it develops, grows and sustains itself.