Zealotry and Vengeance: Quest of a Religious Identity Group : a Sociopolitical Account of the Rabin Assassination

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Lexington Books, 2002 - Political Science - 189 pages
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On November 4, 1995 the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin left Israeli society shocked and bewildered by the reemergence of religiously motivated political violence in an age of secularism. In Zealotry and Vengeance Samuel Peleg analyzes the social, political, and structural motivations and conditions that have encouraged this resurgence of religious violence. It profiles the rise of the Zionist messianic movement from protest and activism to assassination, and asks whether the killing of Rabin was a fluke or a harbinger of things to come--based on Israeli society's extensive support for the proclivity to violence. The book provides students of political behavior and participation with both a scientific study of the extremist state of mind and an acute analysis of the cycle of violence and tolerance threatening to once again engulf the Middle East.
 

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Contents

Propagating the Wrath of God
9
A Guide for the Perplexed ReligiousPolitical Violence
37
The Wrath of God Who Propagates It?
59
The Wrath of God Why Is It Propagated?
89
The Wrath of God How Is It Propagated?
107
The Revitalized Identity Group as Actor
143
ReligiousPolitical Violence in IsraelWhere Is It Heading?
151
The Abyss Looks Back
161
Selected Bibliography
173
Index
185
About the Author
189
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Samuel Peleg teaches at Tel Aviv University and the College of Tel Aviv in Jaffa.

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