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Weapon of Peace

Weapon of Peace
How Religious Liberty Combats Terrorism


  • Author: Nilay Saiya, State University of New York, Brockport
  • Publication planned for: October 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108474313

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  • Religious terrorism poses a significant challenge for many countries around the world. Extremists who justify violence in God's name can be found in every religious tradition, and attacks perpetrated by faith-based militants have increased dramatically over the past three decades. Given the reality of religious terrorism today, it would seem counterintuitive that the best weapon against violent religious extremism would be for countries and societies to allow for the free practice of religion; yet this is precisely what this book argues. Weapon of Peace investigates the link between terrorism and the repression of religion, both from a historical perspective and against contemporary developments in the Middle East and elsewhere. Drawing upon a range of different case studies and quantitative data, Saiya makes the case that the suppression and not the expression of religion leads to violence and extremism and that safeguarding religious freedom is both a moral and strategic imperative.

    • Contains policy recommendations
    • Offers a general theory of religious terrorism
    • The book is written for both academic and non-academic audiences
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    • Publication planned for: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108474313
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: religious resurgence, repression and resistance
    1. Five qualifications
    2. What is religious terrorism?
    3. The uniqueness of religious terrorism
    4. Ruthlessness
    5. Resilience
    6. What is religious liberty?
    7. The uniqueness of religious freedom
    8. Outline of book
    Part I. A Global View of Religious Repression and Terrorism:
    9. Explanations for religious terrorism
    10. A middle ground
    11. How states restrict religion
    12. Minority religious discrimination
    13. Majority religious cooptation
    14. Religious restriction and transnational terrorism
    15. Summarizing the argument
    16. The peaceful benefits of religious freedom
    17. Conclusion
    Part II. Minority Religious Discrimination and Terrorism Across Faith Traditions:
    18. Islamist terrorism in Pakistan
    19. Christian terrorism in Central Africa
    20. The Lord's Resistance Army
    21. The Antibalaka militias
    22. Hindu and Sikh terrorism in India
    23. Hindu terrorism in Gujarat
    24. Sikh terrorism in Punjab
    25. Buddhist terrorism in Burma
    26. Jewish terrorism in Israel
    27. Alternative explanations
    28. Conclusion
    Part III. Majority Religious Cooptation, Terrorism and the Arab Spring:
    29. Tunisia
    30. Egypt
    31. Libya
    32. The rise of the Islamic State
    33. Alternative explanations
    34. Is Islam the problem?
    35. Conclusion
    Part IV. A Weapon of Peace:
    36. The United States
    37. Senegal
    38. South Africa
    39. Conclusion
    Part V. Religious Liberty and American Foreign Policy:
    40. Faith, freedom and foreign policy
    41. Ten proposals for American foreign policy
    42. The critics of religious liberty
    Concluding thoughts.

  • Author

    Nilay Saiya, State University of New York, Brockport
    Nilay Saiya is assistant professor of public policy and global affairs at Nanyang Technological University.

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