The Protestant ethic and the spirit of jihadism - Transnational religious insurgencies and the transformation of international orders

Phillips, Andrew (2010) The Protestant ethic and the spirit of jihadism - Transnational religious insurgencies and the transformation of international orders. Review of International Studies, 36 2: 257-280. doi:10.1017/S0260210510000021


Author Phillips, Andrew
Title The Protestant ethic and the spirit of jihadism - Transnational religious insurgencies and the transformation of international orders
Journal name Review of International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-2105
1469-9044
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0260210510000021
Volume 36
Issue 2
Start page 257
End page 280
Total pages 24
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the absence of comparisons with prior episodes of transformative change in the history of the state system, contemporary debates on the long-term significance of the 9/11 terror attacks and the ensuing war on terror are in danger of polarising around opposing caricatures of epochal change and obstinate durability. The tendency to organise transnationally, mobilise along religious lines, and employ terroristic violence for the purposes of achieving far-reaching religious and political transformation of target societies is not unique to Al-Qaeda, but can be seen also in the activities of the militant confessional networks that flourished in Reformation Europe. By comparing the global struggle against jihadist terrorism with early modern European rulers' struggles against transnational confessional militants, I demonstrate that existing accounts of jihadist terrorism's transformative potential have been seriously mis-specified and require substantial revision. Copyright © British International Studies Association 2010.
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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