Terror in the Name of God
Why Religious Militants KillBook - 2003
An in-depth study based on the author's interviews with extremists from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religions identifies the components of terrorist organizations and the characteristics of their leaders, describing how they recruit followers to form sophisticated organizations capable of terrorist acts. 75,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
For four years, Jessica Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Traveling extensively -- to refugee camps in Lebanon, to religious schools in Pakistan, to prisons in Amman, Asqelon, and Pensacola -- she discovered that the Islamic jihadi in the mountains of Pakistan and the Christian fundamentalist bomber in Oklahoma have much in common.
Based on her vast research, Stern lucidly explains how terrorist organizations are formed by opportunistic leaders who -- using religion as both motivation and justification -- recruit the disenfranchised. She depicts how moral fervor is transformed into sophisticated organizations that strive for money, power, and attention.
Jessica Stern’s extensive interaction with the faces behind the terror provide unprecedented insight into acts of inexplicable horror, and enable her to suggest how terrorism can most effectively be countered.
A crucial book on terrorism, Terror in the Name of God is a brilliant and thought-provoking work.
A study based on interviews with extremists from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religions identifies the components of terrorist organizations and the characteristics of their leaders.