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Militants and Martyrs

Richard Sosis and Candace S. Alcorta

in Natural Security

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253476
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934313 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253476.003.0007
Militants and Martyrs

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This chapter suggests that evolutionary studies of religion are vital for understanding the proliferation, patterns, and logic of current trends in terrorist activity. It first examines the role of religion in causing, motivating, and facilitating terrorism. It then presents recent work on the evolution of religion and shows how this research can help us understand elements of terrorism and provide important insights that can benefit the development of antiterrorist policies. The chapter concludes with future research questions and policy implications derived from the evolutionary approach.

Keywords: evolutionary studies; religion; terrorist; terrorism; antiterrorist policies

Chapter.  8138 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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