Religion, Terror, and Violence: Religious Studies Perspectives

Edited by Philip L. Tite and Bryan Rennie

Contributors and Contents

Manuscript proofs and
Illustrations from Chapter 19.

This book brings together a collection of interdisciplinary essays primarily by religious studies scholars, offering critical analyses of the relationship of religion and violence, particularly 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terrorism.

The essays are to reflect a broad spectrum of scholarly approaches and perspectives.

An underlying focus of the book is the claim that the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the international reaction to those events were intimately linked to cultural and social authorizing processes that could be called “religious.”

National identity formation, ritualization of traumatic events, and cultural power contestations are explored along with reflections on the role of the public intellectual in such situations.

We claim that the violence emerged from serious underlying factors, including post-colonial political factors.

What we hope to accomplish in this volume of essays is to offer a discursive space for serious critical analyses of these events by various scholars working in the field.

Contributors and Contents
The following list of contributors will appear in the forthcoming volume.


Philip L. Tite
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Religious Studies
Willamette University,Salem Oregon
Sacred Violence and the Scholar of Religion as Public Intellectual

Explanatory Approaches to Violence and Religion

Robert Segal
Department of Divinity and Religious Studies
University of Aberdeen
The Frazerian Roots of Contemporary Theories of Religion and Violence

Rhetorical Reflections

Paul Christopher Johnson
Department of History
Center for Afroamerican and African Studies
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
After 9/11: Savage Civil Religion
Caryn Riswold
Illinois College
The Rhetoric of Evil and Eradicating Terrorism
Russell McCutcheon
Department of Religious Studies
University of Alabama

The Tricks and Treats of Classification:
Searching for the Heart of Authentic Islam
Anna S. King
Theology and Religious Studies Program
University of Winchester
Discussion: Rhetorical Reflections

Theological Reflections

Hans Küng
University of Tübingen
A New Paradigm of International Relations?
Reflections After September 11, 2001

Walter Wink
Auburn Theological Seminary
Can Love Save the World?
Samuel Powell
School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Point Loma Nazarene University
Discussion: Theological Reflections

Historical and Social Reflections

Mark Juergensmeyer
Department of Sociology
Division of Social Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara
Religious Terror and Global War
Jonathan E. Brockopp
Department of History and Religious Studies
Pennsylvania State University
Jihad and Islamic History
Joel Fetzer and Chris Soper
Pepperdine University
The Roots of Public Attitudes:
Toward State Accommodation of European Muslims’
Religious Practices Before and After September 11
Martin Adam and Wayne Codling
Religious Studies Program
Department of Pacific and Asian Studies
University of Victoria, British Columbia
Terrorism From a Buddhist Perspective
Michel Desjardins
Department of Religion and Culture
Wilfrid Laurier University
Discussion: Historical and Social Reflections

Pedagogical Reflections

Omid Safi
Department of Religious Studies
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching Islam Through and After September 11th:
Between a Progressive Muslim Agenda
Zayn Kassam
Department of Religious Studies
Pomona College
Claremont, CA
Islam Within the Context of Higher Education
Amir Hussain
Department of Religious Studies
California State University, Northridge
Thoughts on Being a Muslim Scholar of Islam in America Post-9/11
Susan E. Henking
Department of Religious Studies
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Discussion: Pedagogical and Professional Reflections

Aesthetic Reflections

Maureen Korp
School for Studies in Art and Culture and the College of Humanities
Carleton University
Seeing What is Missing: Art, Artists, and September 11


Bryan Rennie
Westminster College
Religion, Violence, and the Pursuit of Truth

Please address comments and questions to the editors:

Bryan Rennie or Philip Tite