Share this
PREVIOUS ARTICLE ALL CONTENTS Next ARTICLE

Weapon of Peace: How Religious Liberty Combats Terrorism, Nilay Saiya

Reviewed by Lorne L. Dawson

BUY

 

In Models of Men (1977), Martin Hollis quips that if he were forced to summarize the thesis of his book in a telegram, he could do so in six words. To capture the gist of Nilay Saiya’s argument takes twice as many words, but he, too, provides an equally succinct statement of his argument: “it is not religion per se that generates terrorism, but rather its restriction” (p. 30). With religious terrorism in mind, Saiya deftly uses data and historical case studies to demonstrate that “it is no coincidence that the vast majority of countries … from which the most serious threats to domestic and international peace and security arise are the very ones in which religious persecution is a significant problem” (p. 3). Many political leaders, policymakers, and academics believe either that assertive religion is inherently problematic or “that unrestrained religious liberty opens the floodgates to religious extremism” (p. 4). In repressing religion, however, those acting on such beliefs are fostering the very belligerency they wish to avert, by providing grievances that justify the radical claims of religious extremists and inadvertently suppressing the voices of religious moderation and liberalism that can undercut the legitimacy of the extremist views.

After taking care to effectively define wha

To continue reading, see options above.

About PSQ's Editor

ROBERT Y. SHAPIRO

Full Access

Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.

CONFERENCES & EVENTS

WEBINAR
Academy Forum | How to Stop Jihadist Foreign Fighters

October 28, 2021

MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT VIEW ALL EVENTS

Editor’s spotlight

Social Policy and Political Institutions

The Dual Agenda of African American Organizations since the New Deal: Social Welfare Policies and Civil Rights
Dona Cooper Hamilton and Charles V. Hamilton

American Political Institutions after Watergate--A Discussion
DEMETRIOS CARALEY, CHARLES V. HAMILTON, ALPHEUS T. MASON, ROBERT A. McCAUGHEY, NELSON W. POLSBY, JEFFREY L. PRESSMAN, ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR., GEORGE L. SHERRY, AND TOM WICKER

MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC

Search the Archives

Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilson

view additional issues

Most read

Articles | Book reviews

Understanding the Bush Doctrine
Robert Jervis

The Study of Administration
Woodrow Wilson

Notes on Roosevelt's "Quarantine" Speech
Dorothy Borg

view all

New APS Book

Perspectives on Presidential Elections, 1992–2020   PERSPECTIVES ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, 1992–2020

About US

Academy of Political Science

The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.

Political Science Quarterly

With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.

Stay Connected

newsstand locator
About APS