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NCJ Number: 237444 Find in a Library
Title: Earthly Powers: Religious Justifications for Non-State Political Violence and the Strategy of "De-Coupling"
Journal: Critical Issues in Justice and Politics  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:November 2009  Pages:59-76
Author(s): Tyler Rauert
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 18
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the phenomenon of religiously motivated violence under taken by non-state actors directed against non-combatants, both part and present, in order to frame a discussion of a strategy to confront such violence.
Abstract: The article focuses on the religious goals and motivations of violent groups rather than draw conclusions about underlying conditions outside of religion in which political violence may germinate, such as poverty and lack of education. Moreover, while it is clear that states can and all too often do commit acts of violence against non-combatant populations, the issues of whether states with significant religious identities commit acts of religious "terrorism," or can, by definition, commit acts of terrorism at all, is a topic that will be reserved for other forums. Finally, the article does not address all types of aggression across the spectrum of violence, including conventional warfare in the modern Western understanding, but focuses on that activity specifically and purposefully directed at non-combatant populations. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Religion; Religiously motivated violence; Terrorist tactics; Violence causes
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