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Religion in the war on terror

Brahimi, Alia (2011) Religion in the war on terror. In: Strachan, Hew and Scheipers, Sibylle, (eds.) The Changing Character of War. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 184 - 201. ISBN 9780199596737

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Identification Number: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199596737.003.0011


This chapter examines the role of religion in the war on terror. With al-Qaeda’s attacks on 9/11 and the Bush administration’s subsequent invasion of Iraq, the world was confronted by a situation in which both sides claimed to be acting in self-defence. It is argued that each side employed an expansive conception of self-defence that was ultimately informed by broadly religious factors. While religion was used, on both sides, in service of an expansive and more permissive conceptualization of just cause for war, so too was religion mobilized in opposition to such expansionism, as religious figures in the west and in Islam re-articulated the proper, and more limited, boundaries of the legitimate right of self-defence.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2011 The several contributors
Divisions: Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 14:59
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:25

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