Talking to the Enemy -

Talking to the Enemy

Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What it Means to Be Human



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'Passionate, incisive . . . we have all got it wrong, especially when it comes to suicide terrorism . . . this book tells us that we are not winning and why' Sunday Times 'Deeply researched, wide ranging, and very timely' Noam Chomsky This book is a provocative exploration of one of the most contentious questions of our times- what drives someone to take their own life and others' through terrorism? Anthropologist Scott Atran, who has spent years talking to extremists from Afghanistan to Indonesia, gives a unique insight into the minds of radicalized people, and ranges across human history to show what makes us believe so strongly that we will kill. 'Atran deploys his formidable knowledge to dissect the various dynamics that have helped form human individuals into groups, warbands, hunting parties or armies over millennia' Jason Burke 'An important book, by turns fascinating, dense, scientific, debatable, illuminating' David Aaronovitch 'A call to observe and understand. It's one that should be heard far and wide' Guardian 'Scott Atran is one of the very few persons who have figured out that religion is not about belief and cannot be naively replaced without severe side effects' Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Product code: 9780241951767

ISBN 9780241951767
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS25
No. Of Pages 576
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
The author has spent years talking to terrorists - from Gaza and Afghanistan, to Indonesia and Europe. In this book, he delivers a fascinating journey into the mindsets of radicalised people in the twenty-first century, and offers deep insights into the history of all religions.