Workings of the Terrorist Mind Its Individual, Group, and Organizational Psychologies

Arie W. Kruglanski, Keren Sharvit, Shira Fishman

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Terrorist attacks are some of the bloodiest manifestations of intense intergroup conflicts observed in recent years. The coordinated attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, the March 4, 2004 bombing of the Madrid train station, the London transit bombing of July 5, 2005, the frequent ongoing suicide bombings in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel, the political ascendancy of terrorism using groups, such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and the emergence of the global Salafijihad inspired by Al Qaeda have made the task of opposing terrorism as difficult as it is pressing. As one author put it, “international terrorism [is] the most serious strategic threat to global peace and safety” (Ganor, 2005, p. 293).

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationIntergroup Conflicts and Their Resolution
Subtitle of host publicationA Social Psychological Perspective
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781136847905
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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