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Title: Weapon of the strong? Government support for religion and majoritarian terrorism
Authors: Henne, Peter S.
Saiya, Nilay
Hand, Ashlyn W.
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Henne, P. S., Saiya, N., & Hand, A. W. (2020). Weapon of the strong? Government support for religion and majoritarian terrorism. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 64(10), 1943-1967. doi:10.1177/0022002720916854
Journal: Journal of Conflict Resolution 
Abstract: This article addresses a puzzle in terrorism studies. That terrorism functions as a “weapon of the weak” is conventional wisdom among terrorism researchers. When it comes to religious communities, however, often it is those groups favored by the state—rather than repressed minority communities—that commit acts of terrorism. We argue that this is because official religious favoritism can empower and radicalize majority communities, leading them to commit more and more destructive terrorist attacks. We test this claim using a statistical analysis of Muslim-majority countries. Our findings support the idea that the combination of state support of religion and discrimination against minorities encourages terrorism from majority religious groups.
ISSN: 0022-0027
DOI: 10.1177/0022002720916854
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Rights: © 2020 The Author(s) (Published by SAGE Publications). All rights reserved. This paper was published in Journal of Conflict Resolution and is made available with permission of The Author(s) (Published by SAGE Publications).
Fulltext Permission: open
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