Najem Wali - In the head of terror
Killing with and against God
A critical cultural history of terrorists claiming to act in the name of God while denying his very existence in their actions
Terrorists shoot into a crowd at Bataclan in Paris killing dozens; Guardians of public morals have thousands beheaded during the French Revolution with the aim of realizing the "ideals of enlightenment"; Dostojevsky's "Demons" murder because their nihilism has destroyed any sense of morals – What goes on in these minds? How can people declare themselves lords over life and death, thus putting themselves above God? When they act in the name of God or political ideals, Wali claims provocatively, they are in fact enacting the opposite: What drives these murderers is a fascination with violence, the feeling of absolute power, the desire to spread mortal fear, and the wish to destroy the social fundament of trust.
Book detailstranslated from Arabic by Markus Lemke, from the series "Keeping Uncalm"
format:140 x 220
Release date: 31.08.2016
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