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Religious terrorism is a form of terrorism where the motivations are derived from religious influence.

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Religious terrorism is a form of terrorism in which the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property in order to coerce or intimidate a government or the civilian population in futherance of religious, political and social objectives. Relgious extremists are individuals primarily involved in reglious terrorist acts.

Islamic Terrorism

Islamic terrorist base their ideology on the principle of jihad, or struggle, which is an important duty followed by Muslims.


An Islamic extremist group focused on removing Western influences from Muslim countries.  This group is responsible for the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon.[1]

Christian Terrorism

Christian terrorism is motivated by interpretations of the Bible.

Christian Identity

Christian Identity is a movement lead by extremely conservative Christian churches and religious organizations.  White supremecy groups affiliate with the movement.[2]  Members of this group have been responsible for murder and bombings against abortion clinics and its doctors, as well as members of the gay community.[3]

Jewish Terrorism


Zionist are an extremist group that believes in Jewish superiority.  The primary goal of Zionists is to keep Arabs out from Israel, by whatever means possible.[4][5]

Buddhist Terrorism

Sinhala Buddhist

Sinhala Buddhist are located on the island of Sri Lanka, south of India.  Sri Lanka has been in civil war since the early 1980s, the conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese people.  Sinhala Buddhist extremists have commited and encouraged violence against against the Tamil (primarily Hindu) and Christian populations.  The Sinhala Buddhists are very politically minded in their ideology.[6]

Cult Terrorism

Aleph (Aum Shinrikyo)

Members of Aum Shinrikyo released sarin gas in the Tokyo subway system in 1995.  Twelve commuters died from the attack, thousands of other were also affected by the sarin gas.[7]


  1. http://www.cfr.org/publication/9126/alqaeda_aka_alqaida_alqaida.html
  2. http://www.religioustolerance.org/cr_ident.htm
  3. http://www.publiceye.org/rightist/rudolph.html
  4. http://www.ihr.org/books/ztn.html
  5. http://guardian.150m.com/palestine/jewish-terrorism.htm
  6. http://www.tamilcanadian.com/page.php?cat=26&id=48
  7. http://www.japan-101.com/culture/sarin_gas_attack_on_the_tokyo_su.htm

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