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Value Imperialism

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Value imperialism is the imposition of one's values on other communities. These values can be social, political, economic, or religious. Value imperialism as the primary explanation of terrorism, however, fails to appreciate the phenomenon of terrorism. Placing concrete grievances at its center, A Theory of International Terrorism nonetheless examines the dynamics of value imperialism to assess their contributory role in deepening the tensions between the West and the Muslim world. Value imperialism emerges from a sense of superiority and self-righteousness. The most objectionable form of value imperialism occurs when values are imposed upon a community through economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, or violence. Secular imperialism supposedly supports Muslim communities' right to internal self-determination provided that they do not establish Islamic state. An antithesis to liberal/secular imperialism, holy imperialism is an ideology that supposedly disseminates a religion by any means necessary, including violence.

Keywords: A Theory of International Terrorism; holy imperialism; Muslim communities; secular imperialism; terrorism; value imperialism



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