The Causes of Islamic Terrorism: A Quantitative Analysis

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2012 Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference / New Orleans, LA

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This paper determines, through the application of quantitative analysis, the causes of terrorism (also suicide terrorism) and what phenomena exists/do not exist within majority-Islamic nation-states that facilitate terrorist (also suicide terrorist) attacks. The dependent variable is the total number of fundamentalist movements within the state and my preliminary results indicate that there is no relationship between a state’s degree of fundamentalism (total number of fundamentalist movements) and the total number of terrorist (also suicide terrorist) attacks.

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