Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society)

By Mark Juergensmeyer

Completely revised and up-to-date, this new version of Terror within the brain of God incorporates the occasions of September eleven, 2001 into Mark Juergensmeyer's landmark examine of non secular terrorism. Juergensmeyer explores the 1993 international exchange middle explosion, Hamas suicide bombings, the Tokyo subway nerve fuel assault, and the killing of abortion hospital medical professionals within the usa. His own interviews with 1993 international exchange heart bomber Mahmud Abouhalima, Christian correct activist Mike Bray, Hamas leaders Sheik Yassin and Abdul Azis Rantisi, and Sikh political chief Simranjit Singh Mann, between others, take us into the approach of these who perpetrate and aid violence within the identify of religion.

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In that feel, Abouhalima defined, even though the U.S. claimed to be secular and neutral towards faith, "it is focused on non secular politics already. " 18 Abouhalima made it transparent that America's involvement in spiritual politics—its aid for the kingdom of Israel and for "enemies of Islam" comparable to Egypt's Mubarak—is now not the results of Christianity. particularly, it used to be as a result of America's ideology of secularism, which Abouhalima regards no longer as neutrality yet as hostility towards faith, specially Islam. He pointed out the U. S. division of Justice, which he referred to as the "Department of Injustice. " I requested him if the us will be if it had a Christian govt. "Yes," Abouhalima spoke back, "at least it should have morals. ''19 Abouhalima's bitterness towards the Justice division was once compounded via its fast prosecution of the case opposed to him and his colleagues in a sequence of trials. the one who ended on March four, 1994, inquisitive about the antiAmerican explanations for the attack; it convicted four—Muhammad Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Ahmad Muhammad Ajaj, and Abouhalima—of bombing the heart and indicted Ramzi Ahmed Yousef as a fugitive within the crime. the second one trial, finishing on January 17, 1996, convicted nine—including a existence sentence for Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman—for their half in what the pass judgement on defined as a "terrorist conspiracy" of a importance similar with militant fascism and communism. 20 The prosecution provided proof that the circle of Muslim activists linked to the sheik had meant to explode not just the area alternate heart but additionally the United countries structures in long island, ny commuter tunnels below the Hudson River, and the new york headquarters of the FBI. a 3rd trial, started on may possibly thirteen, 1996, all for the fugitive, who have been captured in Pakistan in a dramatic raid on his Karachi resort room in February 1995. Yousef, whose genuine identify Abdul Basit Mahmoud Abdul Karim, was once implicated not just within the big apple occasions but in addition in a chain of terrorist plots, together with one aimed toward assassinating the pope whilst he visited the Philippines in 1995 and the so-called undertaking Bojinka, which, if performed, may have ended in the destruction of 11 huge U. S. passenger airplanes over the Pacific Ocean in a single momentous day in 1995. The trial ended on September five, 1996, with Yousef's conviction for conspiracy when it comes to the Bojinka plot; in August 1997 Yousef back stood trial in ny urban, this time for his half within the bombing of the realm exchange middle. web page sixty nine finally of those trials, Abouhalima acknowledged, secular the US nonetheless didn't comprehend him and his colleagues. What, I requested him, was once lacking? What was once it that we didn't comprehend? "The soul," he acknowledged, "the soul of faith, that's what is lacking. " with out it, Abouhalima acknowledged, Western prosecutors, reporters, and students like myself "will by no means comprehend who i'm. " He acknowledged that he understood the secular West simply because he had lived like a Westerner in Germany and within the usa.

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