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Understanding Religious Violence

Radicalism and Terrorism in Religion Explored via Six Case Studies

  • James Dingley
  • Marcello Mollica

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About this book


This book addresses the problem of religiously based conflict and violence via six case studies. It stresses particularly the structural and relational aspects of religion as providing a sense of order and a networked structure that enables people to pursue quite prosaic and earthly concerns. The book examines how such concerns link material and spiritual salvation into a holy alliance. As such, whilst the religions concerned may be different, they address the same problems and provide similar explanations for meaning, success, and failure in life. Each author has conducted their own field-work in the religiously based conflict regions they discuss, and together the collection offers perspectives from a variety of different national backgrounds and disciplines.


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Editors and affiliations

  • James Dingley
    • 1
  • Marcello Mollica
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.University of MessinaMessinaItaly

About the editors

James Dingley is a political sociologist at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is Chairman of the Francis Hutcheson Institute and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Northern Ireland Security Qualifications Group. He has published extensively in international journals, and has also published five previous books specialising in development, religion, and nationalist conflict.

Marcello Mollica is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Messina. Italy. He has conducted field work in Northern Ireland, Middle East, South-eastern Turkey and South Caucasus.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Understanding Religious Violence
  • Book Subtitle Radicalism and Terrorism in Religion Explored via Six Case Studies
  • Editors James Dingley
    Marcello Mollica
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-00283-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-40535-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-00284-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 228
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religion and Society
    International Security Studies
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“Each case study is clearly and deeply linked to religion—mainly Christianity and Islam. While certain studies provide a portrait of intra-religious conflicts, others emphasize inter-religious clashes. The contexts are always well-described, and the authors discuss how profound the current problems are, and how deeply rooted they are in history. … six cases studies can provide wonderful examples of the ways in which sociocultural elements converge or aggregate around religion in many places …” (Isabelle Lemelin, Reading Religion,, June 21, 2019)