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978-0-226-48203-3 / 9780226482033

Holy Terrors: Thinking About Religion After September 11, 2nd Edition

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Publisher:The University Of Chicago Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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It is tempting to regard the perpetrators of the September 11th terrorist attacks as evil incarnate. But their motives, as Bruce Lincolns acclaimed Holy Terrors makes clear, were profoundly and intensely religious. Thus what we need after the events of 9/11, Lincoln argues, is greater clarity about what we take religion to be. 

Holy Terrors begins with a gripping dissection of the instruction manual given to each of the 9/11 hijackers. In their evocation of passages from the Quran, we learn how the terrorists justified acts of destruction and mass murder in the name of God, the most merciful, the most compassionate. Lincoln then offers a provocative comparison of President Bushs October 7, 2001 speech announcing U.S. military action in Afghanistan alongside the videotaped speech released by Osama bin Laden just a few hours later. As Lincoln authoritatively demonstrates, a close analysis of the rhetoric used by leaders as different as George W. Bush and Osama bin Ladenas well as Mohamed Atta and even Jerry Falwellbetrays startling similarities. These commonalities have considerable implications for our understanding of religion and its interrelationships with politics and culture in a postcolonial world, implications that Lincoln draws out with skill and sensitivity. 

With a chapter new to this edition, Theses on Religion and Violence, Holy Terrors remains one of the essential books on September 11 and a classic study on the character of religion.

Modernity has ended twice: in its Marxist form in 1989 Berlin, and in its liberal form on September 11, 2001. In order to understand such major historical changes we need both large-scale and focused analysesa combination seldom to be found in one volume. But here Bruce Lincoln . . . has given us just such a mix of discrete and large-picture analysis.Stephen Healey, Christian Century

From time to time there appears a work . . . that serves to focus the wide-ranging, often contentious discussion of religions significance within broader cultural dynamics. Bruce Lincolns Holy Terrors is one such text. . . . Anyone still struggling toward a more nuanced comprehension of 9/11 would do well to spend time with this book.Theodore Pulcini, Middle East Journal

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