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Religions 2015, 6(3), 852-859; doi:10.3390/rel6030852

Entering the Mindset of Violent Religious Activists

Department of Sociology and Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
Academic Editor: John L. Esposito
Received: 30 June 2015 / Revised: 11 July 2015 / Accepted: 16 July 2015 / Published: 23 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion & Violence)
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How can one enter the mindset of religious activists whose worldview and values are different from one’s own? This is the challenge for analyzing contemporary violent religious movements and individuals around the world. This essay suggests guidelines, based on the author’s interview experience, for entering religious minds through informative encounters, relational knowledge, bracketing assumptions, and constructing a view of the whole. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious violence; terrorism; methodology; interviews; social analysis religious violence; terrorism; methodology; interviews; social analysis
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Juergensmeyer, M. Entering the Mindset of Violent Religious Activists. Religions 2015, 6, 852-859.

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