The Problem is Religion – but not in the way we think

The terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday have once again raised questions about the relationship between religion and violence. In today's post, Erin Wilson reflects on these issues, exploring key arguments made by Prof William Cavanaugh during his recent lecture in Groningen and book The Myth of Religious Violence.  On Tuesday this week, ISIS claimed responsibility for two …

Inviting our future: liberal de-culturalization and the Paris attacks – Part One

After a brief hiatus, today we continue our series of reflections on the broader meaning and consequences of events such as the attacks in Paris in November late last year. In today’s post, which is the first of a two-part blog, Ton Groeneweg reflects on the structures that create and sustain the image of superiority …

Terrorism, climate change and the politics of ‘radicalization’

‘Radicalization’ is becoming an increasingly common word in contemporary politics and public discourse. Yet it crops up in seemingly unrelated contexts, most recently in Paris, in relation to both terrorism and climate change. This raises a number of questions about what or who radicalization actually refers to. Erin Wilson reflects on these ambivalent dimensions of …

The ‘Religion Factor’ and 21st Century Terrorism

Research and policy on terrorism in the 21st century seems to assume a strong link to religion and that this somehow makes 21st century terrorism unique in comparison to terrorism from previous historical periods. But is this really the case? Christian Frank explores these issues in today's post. Terrorism and terrorist activities are not a new …