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The novelty of Jihadist terror
Society
  • William Peter BAEHR, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
5-1-2009
Disciplines
Abstract
It is notoriously difficult to grasp the distinctiveness of one’s own epoch. We lack distance from events, and hence a sober perspective on them. Intellectual laziness and wishful thinking may induce us to fall back on entrenched habits of mind. Another salient obstacle to creative thought is the inertia of our language. Terms well suited to past situations are often applied to radically different times; hence the reflex of modern commentators to label the jihadist radicalism of al Qaeda as “fascist,” “totalitarian,” or “Islamo-fascist.”
DOI
10.1007/s12115-009-9197-6
E-ISSN
19364725
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Baehr, P. (2009). The novelty of Jihadist terror. Society, 46(3), 210-213. doi: 10.1007/s12115-009-9197-6