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dc.contributor.advisorSimons, Anna
dc.contributor.authorBrinsfield, Gregory S.
dc.contributor.authorAshby, Christopher B.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:31:58Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:31:58Z
dc.date.issued2004-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/1464
dc.description.abstractReligious terrorism, as most recently highlighted by the horrendous 9/11 attacks, is not a new phenomenon. It is not restricted to any one particular religion or belief system, nor is it reserved as a weapon against foreign lands. Domestic religious terrorism is just as prevalent throughout history and is brought about by certain converging factors at particularly susceptible times within the society, such as economic difficulties, new or modified technologies, and social uncertainties. Under these conditions, a charismatic leader with an appealing ideology and access to sufficient resources may become a very powerful threat to society, pitting the secular against the divine. This type of convergence may result in altogether new religious movements, or the unexpected growth of fringe groups that, until they act, are not even identified. Examining the historical convergences of the Reformation, First and Second Great Awakenings, and the trends of modern domestic society, we find that the threads which hold these movements together remain consistent throughout history. Enabled by the rapid growth of technology, these groups have unprecedented potential power. A group that decides to become offensive or use weapons of mass destruction, such as Japan's Aum Shinrikyo, may pose an unacceptable risk to our country.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/convergencendrel109451464
dc.format.extentxii, 59 p. ;en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.lcshTerrorismen_US
dc.subject.lcshReligious aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshTerroristsen_US
dc.titleConvergence and religious terrorism in Americaen_US
dc.title.alternativeReligious terrorism in Americaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderLober, George
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.).
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.verifiednoen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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