A Historical Perspective on the Emergence and Development of Terrorism

A Historical Perspective on the Emergence and Development of Terrorism

  • 21 October 2015

This lecture will focus upon the ways in which the concept of terrorism has been defined, the key language constructs that are frequently invoked and accompanying connotations that together determine what constitutes “terrorism” both in theory and in practice. It will address prominent misconceptions that attribute terrorism to Islam and Muslims in general, as well as highlighting how flawed understandings of religious texts have accompanied terrorist activity, as illustrated by the utterance of the words of the Almighty God: “to terrorize the enemy of Allah and your enemy.”

The various different forms of terrorism and the root causes driving terrorist activity shall also be examined, including the key factors that have shaped the desire shown by those willing to commit acts of terrorism. As will become clear, history shows us that terrorism cannot be confined to a specific time or place. The emergence of terrorism shall be identified with reference to the Holy Quran which recorded and elaborated upon the primary forms and root causes of terrorism.

In reality, the nature of terrorism has cleared evolved over time. The different forms of terrorism relevant to specific moments of history shall be deconstructed to further illuminate our understanding of what could conceivably be defined as terrorism.

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Wednesday 21 October 2015

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Wednesday 21 October 2015

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