For Love of the Father: A Psychoanalytic Study of Religious Terrorism

Author(s) : Ruth Stein

For Love of the Father: A Psychoanalytic Study of Religious Terrorism

Book Details

  • Publisher : Stanford U.P.
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Catalogue No : 29273
  • ISBN 13 : 9780804763059
  • ISBN 10 : 0804763054

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Ruth Stein's pioneering study explains suicidal terrorism from a psychoanalytic perspective. She argues that most Islamic extremists undertake destructive and self-destructive actions not out of blind hatred, nor even for political gain, but to achieve an explosive merger with a transcendent awesome Father, God. The extremist is thus motivated more by his love for God than his hatred of the infidel. The contemporary Islamic terrorist kills 'God's enemies' to express his intoxication with and complete submission to the God-idea. Stein further shows that this same leitmotif of filial submission and sacrifice runs through patriarchal monotheism in general.

About the Author(s)

Ruth Stein (1947 - 2010) was an Austrian-Israeli psychoanalyst. Alongside maintaining a private practice, she was an Associate Professor at the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University, a member of the IARPP Advisory Council and latterly of their Editorial Board. She edited the US International Journal of Psychoanalysis and served as Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. She published a great number of influential papers and books including the acclaimed For the Love of a Father: A Psychoanalytic Study of Religious Terrorism (2010).

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