Understanding Terrorism
Fall, 2015
Jim Bolner, Sr., Teacher ~ jimbolnersr @ cox.net


I. Defining Terrorism
   Examining the word
   What terrorism is and what it is not
   Understanding how we think about terrorism

II. The Roots of Terrorism
    Reflections on human nature and history
    Tribalism: a key to understanding politics
    Religion and the search for meaning
    The competition for economic resources

III. Political Terrorism
     The search for human order
     Power and its exercise
     The appeal of violence

IV. Religious Terrorism
     Religious intolerance and religious tolerance
     The appeal of the secular
     Contemporary religious terrorism

V. Counter-terrorism
     Methods of counter-terrorism
     Evaluating counter-terrorism
     Counter-terrorism and individual liberties

VI. The Future of Terrorism
      Are there bases for hope for ending terrorism?
      Terrorism and the future of the nation state
      Terrorism, technology, and morals 


RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET RELATING TO TERRORISM                                                                                                       

Defining Terrorism

Definitions of "Terrorism" - from OneLook.com

Roots of Terrorism - from PBS

"Terrorism" - Wikipedia - January 17, 2015

Thomas Hobbes, "The Natural Condition of Mankind As Concerning Their Felicity and Misery," from Leviathan, Ch. 13 - from Bartleby.com
Thomas Hobbes's Famouse Passage on the State of Nature, Leviathan, ch. 13.

What Is Terrorism? - The Sage Foundation

Terror - from Dictionary.Reference.com

Terrorism - from the Online Etymology Dictionary

Terrorism Studies

Terrorism Research - from International  Terrorism and Security Research - January 20, 2015

An Online Research Center on the Theory ... of Anarchism - January 17, 2015

Teaching Guide on International Terrorism - from the U.S. Institute for Peace

TED Talks on Terrorism (January 17, 2015)

James Fallows, Review of Karen Armstrong's book, Fields of Blood (2015)

Terrorism Timeline - Last 20 Years - from The Wall Street Journal - January, 2015

Political Terrorism: Theory, Tactics, and Counter-terrorism - from the Library of Congress

Religion and Terrorism

Graeme Wood, "What ISIS Really Wants" -- The Atlantic - March, 2015 

The Evolution of Islamic Terrorism - from Frontline

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Why Islam Needs a Reformartion - March 21, 2015 - from The Wall Street Journal

Religious Terrorism - from Sage Publications

Islam's Reformation May Be a Long Time Coming - from the Wall Street JHournal (Letter to the Editor)

On the Impossibility of Fighting ISIS - from The Atlantic - March, 2015

DABIQ - The Islamic State's Magazine

Jihadology - a website devoted to studying jihadism


Former M16 Chief John Sawers: Terror Has Become Tougher to Stop
- from CNN - September 13, 2015

The National Security Archive - from George Washington University

Terrorism Timeline in or Against the United States - from Infoplease

The 9-11 Attachs - Video - from the History Channel

Financing Terrorism - from the U.S. Treasury Department

Peace and Corrupton - from World Vision

National Anti-Terrorism Centter

Stuart Taylor, Jr., The Big Snoop - from the Brookings Institution

Canadian Prime Minister Harper Calls for Expanded Terror Laws - added February 2, 2015

FBI Terrorism Website

UN Actions to Combat Terrorism - January 17, 2015

Recently Added Items

Karen Armstrong, Fields of Blood (2014) - Google Books

Bill Warner, Jihad versus The Crusades - Video

Mark Gabriel, Islam and Terrorism (2015) - Google Books

Brigette Gabriel , Because They Hate (2008) Google Books

Spencer, A Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades (2008) - Google Books

Sharia - Wikipedia

Sharia Law in the United States 101: What It Is and Why States Want to Ban It - from the Huffington Post

David Ignatius, "The Emerging Threat of the Lone Wolf in the Fight Against Terror," - from the Washington Post, July 23, 2015

The Quran _ from mclearquran.org [English translation, with audio]

The Quran - Chronological Order

Sunnah - from sunnah.com [Sayings of the Prophet Muhammed]

Vocabulary Relating to Understanding Terrorism - PDF
Vocabulary Related to Understanding Terrorism - Word

The Story of Haggar and Ishmael

Hagar - from Wikipedia

Genesis 16 - the story of Ishmael and Hagar

Religious Commitment - re: data on Muslims in the United States - from the Pew Research Center 

World's Muslims: Religion, Politics, and Society - from the Pew Research Center

Samuel P. Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations?" -  Foreign Affairs - 1991

Wahabism - from Wikipedia

Louise Richardson, ed., Roots of Terrorism (2013) - Google Books

Louise Richardson, What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat (2006) - Google Books

Jonathan Sacks,  How to Defeat Religious Violence - from The Wall Street Journal, October 3, 2015

Robert Spencer, The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS - from Google Books

9-11 Video - from military.com

9-11 Video - from history.com

The World's Muslims: Religions, Politics, and Sociey - from the PEW Research Center

Vocabulary - from Wikipedia

ISIL IS, Daesh - All this explained...
Secretary of State John Kerry's Use of Daesh - from The Washington Post , December 5, 2014

Terrorist Attacks Agains the West - from Mark Humpreys

Jihadistm: Tracking a Month of Deadly Attacks - November, 2014 - from the BBC

Map of the Middle East - from Google

The Spread of Islam - from mapsontheweb.com

A History of the Umayyads - from the Saylor Foundation (saylor.org)

 The War on Terror - from Wikipedia

Reactions to the September 11, 2001, Attacks - from Wikipedia

List of Armed Groups in the Syrian Civil War - from Wikipedia

Jihad in Syria - from the Institute for the Study of War

The Future of Innovative Counter-Terrorism Technologies- from the Heritage Foundation

The Report of the 9-11 Commission - August, 2004

Big List of Muslim Terrorist Attacks in the U.S. Since 9-11 - July, 2015

Gus Martin, Violence in the Name of Faith (Sage Publications, 2015) - Sage Publications on Terrorism

Malese Ruthven, Review of "Inside the Islamic State" - from The New York Review of Books, July 2, 2015

Abdel Bari Atwan, ISIS: The Digital Caliphate - Google Books

Interview with Abdel Bari Atwan, Author of "ISIS: The Digital Caliphate" - Video

Foreign Terrorist Organizations - from the U.S. State Department

Treatment of Foreign Fighters in Selected Jurisdictions - December, 2015 - from the Law Library of the U.S. Congress

FBI Terrorist Screening Center

Blocked Persons List - from the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Assets Control

Office of Foreign Assets Control - Sanctions Programs and Information - from the Department of the Treasury

Global Terrorism Index - 2015 - from the Institute for Economics and Peace