Contending Explanations for Islamic Radicalist Violence Open Access Deposited
From the secular, Western perspective, acts of terror committed in the name of Islam are very difficult to understand. Explanations for these acts concentrate almost exclusively on economic, social, and political factors. This article critiques the various approaches used to explain the origins of Islamic terrorism, arguing that the religious context is a necessary component of analysis. The author addresses the ambiguous nature of religious terror in an attempt to distinguish the phenomenon from secular-political terrorism.