Understanding Religious Violence

Radicalism and Terrorism in Religion Explored via Six Case Studies

Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
LinkedIn icon
James Dingley, Marcello Mollica
  • London, England: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , December
     228 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Isabelle Lemelin forthcoming.


This book addresses the problem of religiously based conflict and violence via six case studies. It stresses particularly the structural and relational aspects of religion as providing a sense of order and a networked structure that enables people to pursue quite prosaic and earthly concerns. The book examines how such concerns link material and spiritual salvation into a holy alliance. As such, whilst the religions concerned may be different, they address the same problems and provide similar explanations for meaning, success, and failure in life. Each author has conducted their own field-work in the religiously based conflict regions they discuss, and together the collection offers perspectives from a variety of different national backgrounds and disciplines.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

James Dingley is Political Sociologist at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is Chairman of the Francis Hutcheson Institute and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Northern Ireland Security Qualifications Group.

Marcello Mollica is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Messina. Italy.

Add New Comment

Reading Religion welcomes comments from AAR members, and you may leave a comment below by logging in with your AAR Member ID and password. Please read our policy on commenting.

Log in to post comments