Islamic Terror: Conscious and Unconscious Motives (Praeger Security International)

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Independent scholar Falk analyzes the genesis of Islamic terror from many standpoints, including religious, cultural, historical, political, social, economic and, above all, psychological. Drawing on his training as a clinical psychologist, Falk's writings specialize in psychohistory and political psychology. Here, he examines topics including infantile experience and adult terrorism, the meaning of terror, terrorists and their mothers, narcissistic rage and Islamic terror, and whether terrorists are normal people, as some scholars claim. He also describes the infantile development of terrorist pathology, non-psychoanalytic theories of terrorism, globalization's effect on terrorism, and the notion of the clash of civilizations. Other topics addressed in this reader-friendly analysis include history's first Islamic terrorists and three important cases-two recent, deadly terrorists and a primary figure in our current war on terror. Independent scholar Falk analyzes the genesis of Islamic terror from many standpoints, including religious, cultural, historical, political, social, economic and, above all, psychological. Drawing on his training as a clinical psychologist, Falk's writings specialize in psychohistory and political psychology. Here, he examines topics including infantile experience and adult terrorism, the meaning of terror, terrorists and their mothers, narcissistic rage and Islamic terror, and whether terrorists are normal people, as some scholars claim. He also describes the infantile development of terrorist pathology, non-psychoanalytic theories of terrorism, globalization's effect on terrorism, and the notion of the clash of civilizations. Examining the emotional structure of traditional Muslim families, Falk shows us the Muslim child's ambivalence toward his or her parents, ways in which Muslims abuse women and children, and the roots of Muslim rage, and why all of that plays into the development of future terrorism. Other topics addressed in this reader-friendly analysis include history's first Islamic terrorists and three important cases-two recent, deadly terrorists and a primary figure in our current war on terror. The central idea throughout the book is that a person's attitude toward terror and terrorism-as well as whether he or she becomes a murderous terrorist, or even who wages a global war on terror-has much to do with that person's own terrifying experiences in infancy and childhood. Such terror, usually experienced first in the earliest interactions with the mother, is symbolically expressed, as Falk shows, in fairy tales and myths about terrifying witches and female monsters. Further terror may be experienced in the relationship with the father and also in various other traumatic ways. It is these early terrors, when extreme and uncontrollable, that most often produce terrorists and wars on terror, Falk argues. Thus, his book focuses on the conscious, but also on the irrational and unconscious causes of terrorism.

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This book examines the psychological root of religious extremists within the Muslim world. Independent scholar Avner Falk analyzes Islamic terror from many standpoints, including religious, cultural, historical, political, social, economic and, above all, psychological. In this book he also examines topics including infantile experience and adult terrorism, the meaning of terror, terrorists and their mothers, narcissistic rage and Islamic terror, and whether terrorists are 'normal' people, as some scholars claim. He also describes the infantile development of terrorist pathology, non-psychoanalytic theories of terrorism, globalization's effect on terrorism, and the notion of the clash of civilizations.Examining the emotional structure of traditional Muslim families, the author looks into the roots of Muslim rage, and why this can play into future terrorism development. Other topics addressed in this reader-friendly analysis include history's first Islamic terrorists, and three important cases - two recent deadly terrorists, and the last a primary figure in our current 'war on terror'.The central idea throughout the book is that a person's attitude toward terror and terrorism - as well as whether he or she becomes a terrorist or one who wages a global war on terror - has much to do with that person's own terrifying experiences in infancy and childhood. It is these early terrors, when extreme and uncontrollable, that most often produce terrorists and wars on terror, the author argues. Thus, this book focuses on the conscious, but also the irrational and unconscious, causes of terrorism. Terrorism continues to be a hot topic of global relevance. This book examines the history of Islamic terrorism; and, analyzes Islamic terror from multi-disciplinary points of view including psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, religion and Middle East/Islamic studies.

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