There is a great deal of popular belief in the connection between religious extremism and terrorism. There are also numerous statistical analyses that reject that connection. Upon a deeper analysis, however, both of these approaches are oversimplifications. To adequately answer the question of whether there is a significant causal relationship between organizational religions and terrorism, it is necessary to take a closer and more critical look at the ideologies and practices of both religious practitioners and terrorists. It is important to focus on the causality of the relationship, because, if there is no causal relationship between religion and terrorism, then removing adherence to religion will do nothing to ameliorate the problem of terrorism. The Root of All Evil? Religious Perspectives on Terrorism conducts this kind of analysis.
Lori J. Underwood is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. She holds a PhD from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and is the author of Cosmopolitanism and the Arab Spring: Foundations for the Decline of Terrorism, Terror by Consent: The Modern State and the Breach of the Social Contract, and Kant's Correspondence Theory of Truth.
Contents: Lori J. Underwood: Religion and Terrorism - Eric J. Silverman: A Traditional Christian Perspective on Terrorism: Why Martyrs, Pacifists, and Just War Theorists Abhor Terrorism - Hussam S. Timani: The Islamic Context of Global Jihadism: Why Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) Matters - John M. Thompson: "Contemplating the Horrible": Confronting Buddhist Terrorism - Graham M. Schweig: Hinduism: Divine Love, Inevitable Conflict, and the Evils of Envy - Dawn L. Hutchinson: The Intersection of New Religious Movements and Terrorism: A Complicated Picture - Lori J. Underwood: Religion, Extremism, Violence and Alterity.