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      Explaining religious terrorism: A data-mined analysis

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      Conflict Management and Peace Science
      SAGE Publications

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          Abstract

          What is the relationship between religious liberty and faith-based terrorism? The wider literature on freedom and terrorism has failed to reach a conclusive verdict: some hold that restricting civil liberties is necessary to prevent acts of terrorism; others find that respecting such rights undermines support for terrorist groups, thus making terrorism less likely. This article moves the debate on liberty and terrorism forward by looking specifically at terrorism motivated by a religious imperative and a country’s level of religious liberty—something not attempted in previous studies. Using classification data mining, we test a unique dataset on religious terrorism in order to discover the characteristics that contribute to a country experiencing religiously motivated terrorism. The analysis finds that religious terrorism is indeed a product of a dearth of religious liberty. The study concludes by discussing the implications of these findings for policy-makers.

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                Journal
                Conflict Management and Peace Science
                Conflict Management and Peace Science
                SAGE Publications
                0738-8942
                1549-9219
                November 2015
                December 22 2014
                November 2015
                : 32
                : 5
                : 487-512
                Affiliations
                [1 ]State University of New York at Brockport, USA
                Article
                10.1177/0738894214559667
                0e495585-c146-4af5-8dde-1e5bf3efd564
                © 2015

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