Al-Qaeda and the Nature of Religious Terrorism

@article{Sedgwick2004AlQaedaAT,
  title={Al-Qaeda and the Nature of Religious Terrorism},
  author={M. Sedgwick},
  journal={Terrorism and Political Violence},
  year={2004},
  volume={16},
  pages={795 - 814}
}
  • M. Sedgwick
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
This article examines the nature of religious terrorism, principally with reference to al-Qaeda. It argues that a distinction must be made between the ultimate aims and the immediate objectives of ‘religious’ terrorists, and that while the ultimate aims will be religiously formulated, the immediate objectives will often be found to be almost purely political. This distinction is illustrated with reference to such pre-modern religious terrorists as the Assassins and Zealots. Immediate objectives… Expand
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