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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs$
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Timothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827978

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.001.0001

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Religion, Terrorism, and Civil Wars

Religion, Terrorism, and Civil Wars

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(p.127) 8 } Religion, Terrorism, and Civil Wars
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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs
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Monica Duffy Toft

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.003.0009

This chapter has four main sections. It begins by discussing five anecdotes that highlight the role of religion in two types of large-scale violence: civil wars and terrorism. It then introduces key concepts, followed by important empirical facts about religious civil wars from 1940 to 2000. Finally, it examines religiously-inspired terrorism. Regarding both civil wars and terrorism, it is noted that religiously-inspired violence is, by and large, more deadly than violence justified by other means. In addition, it is shown that Islam has come to play a disproportionate role in violence: more than 80% of religious civil wars involve Islam, and religiously motivated incidents of terrorism involve Islam more than any other faith.

Keywords:   religion, religiously-inspired violence, religious civil wars, terrorism, Islam

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