TITLE

Terrorism and Religion

AUTHOR(S)
Fuller, Charlie
PUB. DATE
January 2003
SOURCE
International Terrorism;2003, p53
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
Reports on the change in terrorist activity from political to religious goals. Although the overthrow of the Shah in Iran in 1979 was the inspiration for many Islamic terrorists, the increase in religiously motivated terrorism is not only related to the Muslim world. Yigal Amir, who assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, stated that he was acting on orders from God. These words have been echoed by Jews, Christians, Muslims and Hindus. Hizballah, or The Army of God, is dedicated to creating an Islamic state in Lebanon. Abu Nidal and Hamas have been involved in terrorist activities including suicide bombings. The fundamentalist Jewish terrorism organization Kahane Chai has its base in Israel. The Japanese religious sect Aum Shinrikyo was responsible for a Sarin gas attack. Branch Davidians, Timothy McVeigh and Terry McNichol are described in a section on American Christian extremists. INSETS: FUNDAMENTALISM;THE KILLING OF DANIEL PEARL;LIBYA.
ACCESSION #
9187875

 

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