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Holy Terrors
By Bruce Lincoln

Holy Terrors

Thinking About Religion After September 11 2nd Revised edition

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Holy Terrors by Bruce Lincoln

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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 Lincoln's 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 Bush's October 7, 2001 speech announcing U.S. military action in Afghanistan alongside the video-taped 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 Laden - as well as Mohamed Atta and even Jerry Falwell - betrays 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226482033
ISBN-10: 0226482030
Format: Paperback
(231mm x 185mm x 11mm)
Pages: 190
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Between History and Myth by Bruce Lincoln Between History and Myth, Hardback (September 2014)

Among those institutions most in need of an impressive creation account is the state: it's one of the primary ways states attempt to legitimate themselves. Using the story of how Harald Fairhair unified Norway in the ninth century, the author illuminates the way a state's foundation story blurs the distinction between history and myth.

Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars by Bruce Lincoln Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars, Paperback (May 2012)

Assembles a collection of essays that both illustrates and reveals the benefits of his methodology, making a case for a critical religious studies that starts with skepticism but is neither cynical nor crude. This book tackles many questions central to religious study.

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Author Biography - Bruce Lincoln

Bruce Lincoln is the Caroline E. Haskell Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, where he is also an associate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of eight books, including Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship, which received an award in 2000 from the American Academy of Religion for Excellence in the Study of Religion.

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