Is religious extremism a major cause of terrorism?

Amanda Munroe, Fathali M. Moghaddam, Jeff Goodwin

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    ‘Female shooter got “so religious” ’ read the front page of The Washington Post. The subtitle: ‘Investigation in California rampage examines path to terrorism’. The article described what emerging details were surfacing from the detective inquiry just 5 days after the December 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and injured 21 (Craig, Phillip and Achenbach 2015). At the date the article was published, there was no conclusive evidence to explicitly link how the perpetrators’ religion influenced the motivation for, or execution of, the killings. Yet news media and public opinion had already made the jump from religious affiliation to terrorist violence.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationContemporary Debates on Terrorism, 2nd Edition
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781317395225
    ISBN (Print)9781138931350
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities
    • General Social Sciences


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