Radicalizing Religion? Religious Identity and Settlers' Behavior

Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler, Daphna Canetti, Ehud Eiran

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ABSTRACT: Does religious identity prompt radical action? This article presents a model of individual-level radical action. Drawing mostly on collective action theory the article posits that organizational membership drives the effect of religious identity on individual-level radical action. Using survey data the article assesses the behavior of Jewish settlers in the West Bank in the face of the 2005 Gaza withdrawal. The article finds that contra the prevailing view, which holds that religious identity alone is sufficient to trigger violence, evidence suggests that organizational membership is a mechanism bridging religious identity and radical action. Longstanding arguments tying radical actions solely to religion may require substantial revision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-518
Number of pages19
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations


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