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Violence and Militants: From Ottoman Rebellions to Jihadist Organizations
How do militants rationalize violence and what are their motives? How do time and space shape their destiny? In Violence and Militants Baris Cayli explores these enduring questions by comparing violent episodes in towns and villages in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Balkans with today's zones of conflict from Afghanistan to the Middle East. Placing history alongside the tr ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 26th 2019 by McGill-Queen's University Press
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This timely study of how militants rationalize the use of violence is hailed as the first book to address this complex relationship in a historical context. Comparing Christian rebel violence against the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire with today’s Islamic jihadist terrorist attacks in the Middle East and beyond, the text provides a highly-detailed examination of the historical contexts that spawned the rise of historical rebel violence as contrasted to the birth of Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, ...more