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Holy Terrors: Thinking About Religion After September 11



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It is tempting to regard the perpetrators of the September 11th terrorist attacks as evil incarnate. But their motives, as Bruce Lincoln's acclaimed Holy Terrors makes clear, were profoundly and intensely religious. Thus what we need after the events of 9/11, Lincoln argues, is greater clarity about what we take religion to be.

Author Biography

Bruce Lincoln is the Caroline E. Haskell Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, where he is an associate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of eight books, including Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship, which received an award in 2000 from the American Academy of Religion for Excellence in the Study of Religion.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix
Preface xi
The Study of Religion in the Current Political Moment
Symmetric Dualisms: Bush and bin Laden on October 7
Jihads, Jeremiads, and the Enemy Within
On the Relation of Religion and Culture
Religious Conflict and the Postcolonial State
Religion, Rebellion, Revolution
Theses on Religion and Violence
Appendix A Final Instructions to the Hijackers of September 11, Found in the Luggage of Mohamed Atta and Two Other Copies 97(6)
Appendix B George W. Bush, Address to the Nation, October 7, 2001 103(3)
Appendix C Osama bin Laden, Videotaped Address, October 7, 2001 106(2)
Appendix D Transcript of Pat Robertson's Interview with Jerry Falwell Broadcast on the 700 Club, September 13, 2001 108(5)
Notes 113(30)
Index 143

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