Corpus ID: 85531944

Religion and Terrorism: Evidence from Ramadan Fasting

  title={Religion and Terrorism: Evidence from Ramadan Fasting},
  author={R. Hodler and P. Raschky and A. Strittmatter},
  journal={arXiv: General Economics},
  • R. Hodler, P. Raschky, A. Strittmatter
  • Published 2018
  • Political Science, Economics
  • arXiv: General Economics
  • This study examines the effect of religiosity on terrorism by focusing on one of the five pillars of Islam: Ramadan fasting. For identification, we exploit two facts: First, daily fasting from dawn to sunset during Ramadan is considered mandatory for most Muslims. Second, the Islamic calendar is not synchronized with the solar cycle. We find a robust negative effect of more intense Ramadan fasting on terrorist events within districts and country-years in predominantly Muslim countries. We argue… CONTINUE READING
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