The Psychocultural and Religio-ethnopolitical Dimensions of Contemporary Terrorism: [Review]

Salman Elbedour, Muhammad Al-Atawneh

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Reviews the book, The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to al-Qaeda by J. M. Post (see record [rid]2007-11489-000[/rid]). This book is an essential reading for policy makers, counterterrorism experts, and just about anyone who wants to understand the modern terrorism phenomenon. The author divides modern terrorism into three distinct spheres—nationalistseparatist groups, such as the Palestinian, Basque, and Kurdish liberation movements; social revolutionary movements, such as the Baadeer-Meinhof Group of Germany and the Japanese Red Army; and religious fundamental organizations, such as al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezballah, the millenarian sect Aum Shinrikyo, as well as Jewish and Christian fundamentalist groups. In sum, the face of modern terrorism is changing, and if we are to overcome it, we must first understand the psychology that leads people down this path of violence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)375-378
Number of pages4
JournalAnalyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009


  • Government Policy Making
  • Social Movements
  • Terrorism
  • Counterterrorism
  • Mind


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