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The Essentialist Terrorist

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The essentialist terrorist is a violent monster that the Highly Influential Terrorist Literature (HITLit) has successfully invented and made real and believable. HITLit authors offer numerous psychoanalytical perspectives to manufacture the essentialist terrorist. The influence of HITLit theses over political rhetoric is vivid and tangible. Speechwriters for the U.S. President and cabinet Secretaries employ terrorism vocabulary that promotes and voices HITLit ideas. The HITLit proposes new approaches to combat Islamic militancy. Most proposed solutions carry an aura of lawlessness. Lawless responses to combat Muslim militancy are justified on the theory that essentialist terrorists are unique. Islamic terrorism is unlikely to go away unless concrete grievances are addressed and festering international disputes are resolved.

Keywords: essentialist terrorist; Highly Influential Terrorist Literature (HITLit); international disputes; Islamic militancy; Islamic terrorism



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