9780230108738

Apocalyptic Faith and Political Violence Prophets of Terror

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230108738

  • ISBN10:

    0230108733

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-12-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This study examines the functional relationship between millenarian-inspired terrorism and the process of political change. Through an exhaustive investigation of late twentieth-century movements--Aum Shinrikyo, Sendero Luminoso, and Hezbollah--it concludes that in each case, apocalyptic expectations performed a significant group mobilization, leadership and therapeutic function.

Author Biography

James F. Rinehart is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Troy University.

Table of Contents

Terrorism and Prophecy * The Rise of Millenarian Terror * The Mediating Role of the Prophet * Alienation and the Quest for Renewal * Identity and Apocalyptic Violence

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