Dying for Heaven  -     By: Ariel Glucklich
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Dying for Heaven

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Does hatred spur terrorists---or are they driven by the highest spiritual principles? Offering a new understanding of religiously inspired violence, Glucklich reveals how a fervent belief in an afterlife, messianic future, honor, love, and self-sacrifice can motivate terrorists to attack those who threaten their way of life. An intriguing thesis with global implications. 352 pages, softcover from HarperOne.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 006143082X
ISBN-13: 9780061430824

Publisher's Description

Religion and the Motivation Behind Terrorism

Dying for Heaven reveals a groundbreaking theory of religion andreligious destructiveness, providing the key for understanding thereligious drive to self-destruct, and offering a new vision forpreventing further religiously inspired violence.

Author Bio

Ariel Glucklich is a professor at Georgetown University. He is the author ofSacred Pain: Hurting the Body for the Sake of the Soul, Climbing Chamundi Hill, and The Strides of Vishnu.

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In Dying for Heaven, Ariel Glucklich argues against the misconception that religious terrorists fight their enemies out of hatred. Rather, it is the positive aspects of religion that inspire the most heinous actions.
“An important and enlightening book for a dangerous age.”
“Extremely well written, and at times quite funny, this book is an absolute necessity for a public seeking to understand religious nuance and zealotry; it deserves careful attention and a broad readership. Highly recommended.”
“This brilliant and gracefully written study sheds new light on religious behavior . . . Rich with examples and scholarly detail, this study should be read by policymakers, social scientists, and anyone fascinated with what lies behind the awesome power of religious faith.”
“A new and major treatise on what it takes to become a suicide bomber and what it takes to counter it. Glucklich combines religion, terrorism, hope and despair in a breathtaking and highly readable manner.”
“Ariel Glucklich’s Dying for Heaven offers a provocative explanation of religion and terrorism based on a Darwinian approach. Although not all readers will embrace this analysis, it provides absorbing food for thought and a surprisingly attractive solution for the problem it addresses.”
“[Dying for Heaven] is more than 300 pages of gripping analysis about the inner motivations—the high-octane rocket fuel—within religion.”

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