Definition, Roots and Solutions
Edited by Hassan Bashir
Since 11th September 2001 many questions have been raised regarding the causes of terrorism and how this problem can be approached. Corruption that leads to the use of violent means for their own ends can be anticipated in many circumstances, and it cannot be overlooked that religion may be used as a facade for disguising the true nature of this kind of activity. It is important not to confuse political and economic concerns with those of religion, race and culture.
The importance of this issue from different religious perspectives prompted the organizing of an international conference held in London, and this book is a collection of articles and viewpoints that were presented there.
The problems facing the world have no easy answers, and the politicians and statesmen have an unenviable task trying to deal with them. However, our religious leaders are in a position to remind people that terrorism and violence are not the hallmarks of religion, and can only serve to detract from any endeavour towards the highest ideal, that of unity and peace.
Dr Hassan Bashir is the managing editor of the monthly magazine “Discourse” and co-editor of “Muslim Identity in the 21st Century: the Challenge of Modernity”.