- Getting Religion? The Puzzling Case of Islam and Civil War
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- by Toft, Monica Duffy
- In this article I argue that overlapping historical, geographical, and, in particular, structural factors account for Islam’s higher representation in religious civil wars. Together, the historical absence of an internecine religious war similar to the Thirty Years’ War in Europe (1618–48), the geographic proximity of Islam’s holiest sites to Israel and large petroleum reserves, and jihad—a structural feature of Islam—explain why so many civil wars include Islamic participants.
- Publication Type: Published Paper
- Publisher: International Security
- Published Date: March 2007
- Field of Interest: International Relations
- Toft, Monica. "Getting Religion? The Puzzling Case of Islam and Civil War." International Security 31, no. 4 (Spring 2007): 97–131.