What is striking about the World Trade Center assault and many other recent acts of religious terrorism is that they have no obvious military goal. … They are a kind of perverse performance of power meant to ennoble the perpetrators' views of the world and to draw us into their notions of cosmic war.
Terror in the Name of God
Mark Juergensmeyer is the author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000), from which portions of this essay have been adapted. He is a professor of sociology and director of global and international studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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Mark Juergensmeyer; Terror in the Name of God. Current History 1 November 2001; 100 (649): 357–361. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2001.100.649.357
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