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The Roots of Terrorism
  • Authored by: Assaf Moghadam; Consulting Editors: Leonard Weinberg and William L. Eubank
  • From the Series: The Roots of Terrorism
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0791083071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-8307-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 05/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 364
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 152


What causes terrorism? It is a deceptively simple question. As with all social phenomena, there is no easy answer to this most urgent inquiry. The destruction caused by terrorists in recent years has led everyone to ask: Why did they do it? The Roots of Terrorism guides the reader through the many factors that give rise to terrorism, demonstrating that it is ultimately the interaction of these factors that brings about terrorist attacks. This broad overview of the root causes of terrorism is designed to teach an appreciation of the complexities of this social phenomenon, while exposing commonly held yet erroneous beliefs that might otherwise be construed as easy explanations. This comprehensive title is a useful tool for students who want to understand the origins of terrorism and how it has evolved through time.


Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Source notes. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.

About the Author(s)

Assaf Moghadam is a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as a doctoral candidate in international relations at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Moghadam served as a consultant for Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), and has held various research positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has lectured on terrorism and suicide attacks throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, and is the author of A Global Resurgence of Religion? His research has been published in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the Middle East Review of International Affairs, and other scholarly journals.

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