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Based on your readings and research, produce a seven- to ten-page paper comparing secular and religious terrorism. To support your findings, include a minimum of five references to scholarly resources in the field. .

Include the following in this paper:

1. Compare the secular and religious types of terrorism, and describe the following for each:
A brief historical review.
Differences in associated value systems.
Mechanisms of legitimization and justification for violence.
Concepts of morality.
Levels of violence, with emphasis on views regarding the use of violence.
2. Provide a summary of your findings, including:
A perspective on which type of terrorism has proven to be most lethal, and why.
A perspective on which type of terrorist group is likely to consider the use of weapons of mass destruction in the
future, and why.
A personal perspective, based on your research, as to the future trend of terrorism both in the United States and

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The Psychology of Terrorism: An Agenda for the 21st Century. Martha Crenshaw. Version of Record online: 17 DEC 2002DOI: 10.1111/0162-895X.00195

Contrasting Secular and Religious Terrorism AUTHOR(S)Fine, Jonathan PUB. DATE January 2008SOURCEMiddle East Quarterly;Winter2008, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p59

Religion and World Change: Violence and Terrorism versus Peace Israela Silberman*,E. Tory Higgins andCarol S. Dweck Journal of Social IssuesVolume 61, Issue 4, pages 761-784, December 2005



1. Compare the secular and religious types of terrorism, and describe the following for each:
A brief historical review.

Secular types of so-called terrorism are those that emanate from nationalistic groups, anarchists, liberation movements, and other non-religious causes. These types of so-called terrorism were and are placated upon many different variables such as opposition to state policies, hatred of migrants or minorities, and a desire to overthrow the current system through violence. Regardless of their viewpoints, these groups have a purpose wherein they only use violence as a form of expression to gain attention for their cause and are not focused exclusively upon violence as the primary form of their cause. A secular group of so-called terrorists were responsible for the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand, which directly led to the First World War. The Black Hand was a Bosnian Serb group that was opposed to the brutal rule of Austrian Hungary, and decided to engage in freedom fighting tactics to elicit ...

Solution Summary

Terrorism and national security is examined. The differences in associated value systems are provided.