Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists

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Harper Collins, Oct 19, 2010 - Political Science - 576 pages
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“Atran explores the way terrorists think of themselves and teaches us, at last, intelligent ways to think about terrorists.”
—Christopher Dickey, Newsweek Middle East Editor and author of Securing the City

 

Talking to the Enemy by Scott Atran is an eye-opening and important book that offers readers a startling look deep inside terror groups. Based on the author’s unprecedented access to and in-depth interviews with terrorists and jihadis—including Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Taliban extremists, as well as members of other radical Islamic terror organizations—Talking to the Enemy provides fresh insight and unexpected answers to why there are people in this world willing to kill and die for a cause. A riveting, compelling work in the tradition of The Looming Tower and Terror in the Name of God, Talking to the Enemy is required reading for anyone interested in making the world a safer, more secure place for everyone.

 

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User Review  - dono421846 - LibraryThing

The first half of this book is exceptionally good. It offers rare and insightful ethnographic descriptions of his encounters with terrorists, and helps us to understanding what they think. His ... Read full review

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User Review  - Voise15 - LibraryThing

Excellent analysis of what makes a terrorist and how to stop it happening, based on a comprehensive evidence base. A cataclysmic critique of current mainstream policy approaches. Insightful case ... Read full review

Contents

What Is It?
24
The Moors of Mezuak
45
The religioUs rise oF civilizaTions
59
Islam
77
The Tides of Terror
91
The 911 Hamburg Group
105
Farhins Way
119
For All You Christian Infidels
135
Why the Taliban Fight
241
Exaggerating Threats
266
Imagined Kin Friendship
295
War Makes Men Men
318
The Clausewitz Delusion
332
The moTher oF all Problems
349
The Science of the Sacred
373
The divine dream and The collaPse
403

The JI Social Club
155
Madrid March 11 2004
168
Looking for Al Qaeda
195
The Ordinariness of Terror
211
The Wild easT
225
Natural Origins and Evolution
428
Our Religious World
457
Abes AnswerThe Question of Politics
479
Index
535
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About the author (2010)

Scott Atran is a director of research in anthropology at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, France. He is also a research associate and visiting professor in psychology and public policy at the University of Michigan, a Presidential Scholar in sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and cofounder of ARTIS Research and Risk Modeling. His books include In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion.

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