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Religion and terrorist groups

What makes religion a useful tool for mobilizing member of terrorist groups?

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1. What makes religion a useful tool for mobilizing member of terrorist groups?

I located an excellent article discussing the features of religion that make it a useful tool for mobilizing members of terrorist groups. They also analyzed these trends from an evolutionary perspective, which they also used as a background for their analysis.

For example, according to Sosis and Alcorta (n.d.), there are four cultural aspects of religion that make it an effective tool for recruitment (brainwashing ?) new members including:

? communal participation in costly ritual,
? belief in supernatural agents and counterintuitive concepts,
? separation of the sacred and the profane, and
? adolescence as the critical life phase for the transmission of religious beliefs ...

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Discusses what makes religion a useful tool for mobilizing member of terrorist groups. Supplemented with an informative related article and references are provided.

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