Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What it Means to Be Human

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Penguin Books Limited, Nov 4, 2010 - Religion - 576 pages
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Talking to the Enemy is an intellectually and personally courageous exploration of one of the most contentious issues of modern times.

Scott Atran has spent years talking to terrorists - from Gaza and Afghanistan, to Indonesia and Europe - in order to help us understand and mitigate the rise of religious violence. Here he argues persuasively that we need to consider terrorists' close relationships, with family and friends, as much as the causes they espouse, and delivers a fascinating journey into the mindsets of radicalised people in the twenty-first century. Along the way, he also provides deep insights into the history of all religions, and into their evolutionary origins. He shows us, above all, how we have come to be human.

More than any other book, Talking to the Enemy invites us to empathise; it is itself the best possible example of how to do it.

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Scott Atran is a director of research in anthropology at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, France. He is also a research associate and visiting professor in psychology and public policy at the University of Michigan, a Presidential Scholar in Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and cofounder of ARTIS Research and Risk Modeling.

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