As both a clinical psychologist and an authority on comparative religion, James W. Jones is uniquely qualified to address the increasingly urgent issue of religious terrorism. Research on the psychology of violence shows that several factors work to make ordinary people turn "evil." Authoritarian religion or "fundamentalism," Jones shows, is a particularly rich source of such ideas and feelings, which he finds throughout the writings of Islamic jihadists. Jones notes that not everyadherent of an authoritarian group will turn to violence, and he shows how theories of personality development can explain why certain individuals are easily recruited.
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Oxford University Press
August 10, 2012
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