Links to Useful Articles & Interviews
Selected Books with Relevant Insights
Shultz, Richard H., and Andrea J. Dew. 2006. Insurgents, terrorists, and militias: the warriors of contemporary combat. New York: Columbia University Press.
Shultz, Richard H. 2012. The Marines Take Anbar: The Four-Year Fight Against Al Qaeda, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press
Why This is Here: Illustrates how recognizing the importance of dignity, respect, and honor--even toward enemy combatants--creates a new dynamic among populations who feel they have been humiliated. As Jessica Stern of Harvard points out, a sense of humiliation is one of the key factors in creating a terrorist.
From the publisher:
More than just a military tactic book, this well-researched study documents the reasons for the debacle in Iraq after Saddam Hussein's fall and how the Marines changed the tide of war. Shultz thoughtfully explains the Iraqi culture of which Americans were woefully ignorant: the supreme importance of tribes, honor, centuries-old antagonisms between Sunnis and Shias. That the US military lacked a plan beyond Saddam's demise created an abyss which Al Qaeda hastened to fill by inciting civil war. Shultz relates the infighting among Washington politicians and consequences of alienating the Sunnis who had dominated for centuries. A shift occurred in late 2003 when Major General James Mattis, in stark contrast to earlier American brutality and contempt, implemented a plan that treated the enemy with the same honor Marines themselves emphasized. Al Qaeda intensified its assaults, but when they repeated American mistakes, the war shifted and Sunnis shifted allegiance toward the Americans. The Marines succeeded because they "lived among and shared risks with those whose trust they sought," and because they could adapt.
Roger Griffin. 2012. Terrorist's creed: fanatical violence and the human need for meaning. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Rapoport, David C. 1993. "Comparing Militant Fundamentalist Movements and Groups," in Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby (eds.), Fundamentalisms and the State: Remaking Polities, Economies, and Militance, The Fundamentalism Project 3, pp. 429–461. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Juergensmeyer, Mark. 2000. Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence. Berkeley: University of California.
Jessica Stern, Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill (New York: Ecco/Harper Collins, 2003).
Aho, James A. (1994). This Thing of Darkness: A Sociology of the Enemy. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
Taras, Ray. 2009. Europe old and new: transnationalism, belonging, xenophobia. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
Taras, Ray. 2012. Challenging multiculturalism: European models of diversity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Taras explores the way in which xenophobia, often targeting Muslims, is all too common in Europe.
Raphael S. Ezekiel, The Racist Mind, Portraits of American Neo-Nazis and Klansmen, (New York: Viking/Penguin, 1995),
Bibliographies and Reading Lists
Issues in Studying Terrorism
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Anti-Nazi lithograph cartoons by a survivor of the the genocide.
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