The Rise Of The Islamic State By Patrick Cockburn Essay

1280 Words Apr 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout this semester we have been assigned readings in three books: The Rise of The Islamic State by Patrick Cockburn, The Myth of Martyrdom by Adam Lankford, and lastly Terrorism: A History by Randall Law. These three books all covered different fields of religion, while taking different approaches to analyzing the topic at hand. The differences these books had made for a large range of topics, but the similarities helped reinforce key aspects of the Religion 101 class. The three books not only covered general religion, but ancient/modern terrorism, mental aspects of terrorism and its relation to religion, and even certain branches of terrorism such as the Islamic State. These three texts had many differences in the topics they covered, as well as the differing views of the authors. They also had key similarities and underlying messages, which ensured we learned the important lessons in these books. My personal favorite of the books we read was The Myth of Martyrdom by Adam Lankford, and it’s not because of the similarity between my name and that of the author. The Myth of Martyrdom took and approach towards terrorism that I have not yet seen brought up on the new or other outlets. Adam Lankford does not think that terrorists commit atrocious acts solely because they are radically religious. He thinks that they are depressed, and more or less are just seeking death. I thought this was a very interesting view, the thought that religion actually has little to do with…

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