Al-Qaeda and the Nature of Religious Terrorism

  title={Al-Qaeda and the Nature of Religious Terrorism},
  author={Mark J. Sedgwick},
  journal={Terrorism and Political Violence},
  pages={795 - 814}
  • M. Sedgwick
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Political Science
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
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