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Natural SecurityA Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World$
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Raphael Sagarin and Jennifer Hyndman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253476

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253476.001.0001

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Militants and Martyrs

Militants and Martyrs

Evolutionary Perspectives on Religion and Terrorism

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(p.104) (p.105) Chapter 7 Militants and Martyrs
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Natural Security
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Richard Sosis

Candace S. Alcorta

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253476.003.0007

This chapter suggests that evolutionary studies of religion are vital for understanding the proliferation, patterns, and logic of current trends in terrorist activity. It first examines the role of religion in causing, motivating, and facilitating terrorism. It then presents recent work on the evolution of religion and shows how this research can help us understand elements of terrorism and provide important insights that can benefit the development of antiterrorist policies. The chapter concludes with future research questions and policy implications derived from the evolutionary approach.

Keywords:   evolutionary studies, religion, terrorist, terrorism, antiterrorist policies

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