Title

The novelty of Jihadist terror

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Society

Publication Date

5-1-2009

Volume

46

Issue

3

First Page

210

Last Page

213

Abstract

It is notoriously difficult to grasp the distinctiveness of one’s own epoch. We lack distance from events, and hence a sober perspective on them. Intellectual laziness and wishful thinking may induce us to fall back on entrenched habits of mind. Another salient obstacle to creative thought is the inertia of our language. Terms well suited to past situations are often applied to radically different times; hence the reflex of modern commentators to label the jihadist radicalism of al Qaeda as “fascist,” “totalitarian,” or “Islamo-fascist.”

DOI

10.1007/s12115-009-9197-6

Print ISSN

01472011

E-ISSN

19364725

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Recommended Citation

Baehr, P. (2009). The novelty of Jihadist terror. Society, 46(3), 210-213. doi: 10.1007/s12115-009-9197-6