Just War on Terror?: A Christian and Muslim Response

Just War on Terror?: A Christian and Muslim Response

By: Brian Wicker (author), David Fisher (editor)Hardback

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Following the 9/11 attacks by Al-Qa'ida, President Bush declared war on terror. In the succeeding years, Western governments have struggled to find the right way to respond to the new and deadly threat posed by terrorism. With the election of President Obama the rhetoric has softened and policies have been adjusted but the underlying problems and challenges remain the same. Meanwhile, the war on terrorism in Afghanistan has been intensified. Drawing on just war teaching as developed within both Christian and Muslim traditions, this book examines whether, and how, liberal democracies can combat the new global terrorism both effectively and justly. The authors, including distinguished academics from both sides of the Atlantic, Christian and Muslim theologians, former senior civil servants and a General, deploy a wide range of experience and expertise to address one of the most difficult and pressing ethical challenges to contemporary society.

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David Fisher was a senior official in the Ministry of Defence and Defence Adviser to the Prime Minister in the Cabinet Office. He is now undertaking research in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London. He regularly contributes to books and journal on defence and ethical issues and is the author of Morality and the Bomb, written when he was a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is Co-Chairman of the Council on Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament. Brian Wicker was Principal of Fircroft College of Adult Education, Birmingham, having previously lectured in the Department of Adult Education in Birmingham University. He has been concerned with the ethics of war and nuclear deterrence for many years and has been Chairman/Vice-President of Pax Christi since the 1970s. He is Chairman of the Council on Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament for whom he has edited and contributed to several books, including Britain's Bomb: What Next? (SCM Press, 2006) and Witnesses to Faith? Martyrdom in Christianity and Islam (Ashgate, 2006).


Contents: Foreword, Richard Harries; Introduction: a clash of civilisation?, David Fisher and Brian Wicker. Part 1 The Role of Religion in Shaping Terrorism and Responses to It: Terrorism and Islamic theories of religiously-sanctioned war, Tim Winter; Challenging Al-Qa'ida's justification of terror, Ahmad Achtar; Challenging the political theology of America's 'war on terror', Richard Lock-Pullan. Part 2 Responding to the Terrorist Threat: Philip Bobbitt's Terror and Consent: a brief critique, Michael Howard; Just war and state sovereignty, Brian Wicker; Terror and pre-emption - can military pre-emption ever be just?, David Fisher; How much of our liberties and privacy do we need to give up for public security?, David Omand. Part 3 New Ways to Counter the Threat: Just wars, just outcomes - reconciling just outcomes in military intervention, Shenaz Bunglawala, Rosemary Durward and Paul Schulte; 'Eating soup with a knife' - counterinsurgency and just war, Hugh Beach; Going off the reservation into the sanctuary - cross border counter-terrorist operations, 4th generation warfare and the ethical insufficiency of contemporary just war thinking, Paul Schulte; Countering the threat of nuclear terrorism, Nick Ritchie. Part 4 Afterword: Concluding Reflections: A re-emphasis more than a reply, Philip Bobbitt; Countering terrorism justly - reflections 9 years after 9/11, David Fisher and Brian Wicker; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/06/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781409408079
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 242
  • ID: 9781409408079
  • weight: 594
  • ISBN10: 1409408078

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