Nonviolence: An Alternative for Defeating Global Terror(ism) (Google eBook)

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Senthil Ram, Ralph Summy
Nova Publishers, 2007 - Political Science - 296 pages
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The so-called 'war on terror' has gone badly for the West, playing directly into the strategy of al-Qa'ida and the rest of the terrorist network. Why did this happen? Were there other approaches that might have been implemented with better prospects of success? This edited collection of perspectives on the non-violent counter to terrorism opens the topic to serious consideration. The development of a non-violent paradigm brings into sharp focus the deficiencies of present thinking, and paves the way for comprehending how non-violence might overcome those deficiencies and introduce viable alternatives. Since there is a general ignorance about the history, theory and operational dynamics of non-violence, these aspects are featured throughout the book, and related to the special case of terrorism. To understand empathetically the background and mind-set of the opponent (without condoning his actions), to study his culture, to avoid the strategic trap he has set, to examine the different gender reactions of a Muslim Society, to differentiate between non-violent Islam and Islamic Terrorism, to jettison the misinformed baggage we carry about violence, to appreciate the positive role education and aesthetics can play, and to investigate ways in which a non-violent counter to terrorism might be staged, including a Gandhian response. These are just some of the tasks that the contributors have collectively pursued. Their ideas excitingly open up a whole new set of possibilities for a more peaceful world.
  

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Contents

THE ORIGINS OF VIOLENCE NEW IDEAS AND NEW EXPLANATIONS AFFECTING TERRORISM
11
NONVIOLENCE AND TERRORISM
29
SEARCHING FOR AN EXIT IN THE CORRIDOR OF FEAR REVISITING GANDHI AND KING IN TIMES OF TERRORISM
31
THE MAHATMA AND THE MUJIHADEEN GANDHIS ANSWER TO TERRORISM
47
TERRORISM AS A BACKFIRE PROCESS
57
UNDERSTANDING THE INDIRECT STRATEGY OF TERRORISM INSIGHTS FROM NONVIOLENT ACTION RESEARCH
71
NONVIOLENT ISLAM AND ISLAMIC TERRORISM
91
UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC TERRORISM HUMILIATION AWARENESS AND THE ROLE FOR NONVIOLENCE
93
A NONVIOLENT RESPONSE TO TERRORISM WHAT CAN PEACE EDUCATION Do?
145
ART AGAINST TERROR NONVIOLENT ALTERNATIVES THROUGH EMOTIONAL INSIGHT
169
THE ROLE OF UN POLICE IN NONVIOLENTLY COUNTERING TERRORISM
187
NONVIOLENT RESPONSES TO TERRORISM
211
NONVIOLENT RESPONSE TO TERRORISM ACTING LOCALLY
213
DISSOLVING TERRORISM AT ITS ROOTS
221
TERRORISM VIOLENT AND NONVIOLENT RESPONSES
235
DEFEATING TERRORISM NONVIOLENTLY AN ENQUIRY INTO AN ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY
257

TERRORISM GENDER AND NONVIOLENT ISLAM THE CASE OF ERITREA
107
THE JAHILIYYA FACTOR? FIGHTING MUSLIMS CULTURAL RESISTANCE TO NONVIOLENCE
131
NONVIOLENT ROLE OF EDUCATION AESTHETICS AND UN POLICE
143

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