Chapter 4. Sacrificial Militancy and the Wars around Terror

  1. Elleke Boehmer Professor2 and
  2. Stephen Morton Senior Lecturer3
  1. Alex Houen University Lecturer

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch4

Terror and the Postcolonial

Terror and the Postcolonial

How to Cite

Houen, A. (2009) Sacrificial Militancy and the Wars around Terror, in Terror and the Postcolonial (eds E. Boehmer and S. Morton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Oxford, UK

  2. 3

    University of Southampton, UK

Author Information

  1. Cambridge University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191548

Online ISBN: 9781444310085

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Keywords:

  • sacrificial militancy and the wars around terror;
  • President George W. Bush's tactic - “war on terror” rationalizing in terms of sacrifice;
  • Bush relating al-Qaeda's militancy to Islamic insurgency in Iraq;
  • “radical Islam” spreading into consolidated “ideology” and communism in the Cold War;
  • Proposition I: “Neither God nor transcendence are dead; rather, they are death”;
  • philosophies of alterity - relations between a singular self and a singular Other;
  • Abrahamic religions - frequently God's complaint;
  • sacrificial exchange in wars around terror;
  • martial cogito – “They are, therefore I sacrifice; I sacrifice, therefore we are”;
  • Proposition III: “The place of death is increasingly being taken”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Proposition I: “Neither God nor transcendence are dead; rather, they are death”

  • Proposition II: “They are, therefore I sacrifice; I sacrifice, therefore we are”

  • Proposition III: “The place of death is increasingly being taken”

  • Proposition IV: “Sacrifice escalates largely through necromimesis”

  • References