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What QAnon and the Taliban Have in Common

Mon, September 20, 2021
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Mark Juergensmeyer

Insurrections related to the rise of neo-nationalism are a global phenomenon. The mob attack on the capital on January 6 in Washington D.C. has some eerie parallels with the startling resurgence of the Taliban in August. Both were attempts to reject what was perceived to be alien control of their country and to subvert the democratic process by movements with a religio-nationalist agenda. Mark Juergensmeyer, William F Podlich Distinguished Fellow and Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, places these events in the larger context of the global rise of neo-nationalism.

Mark Juergensmeyer is the William F Podlich Distinguished Fellow and Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the founding director of global studies and the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies.

He is a pioneer in the global studies field, focusing on global religion, religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics. He has published more than three hundred articles and twenty books, including the revised and expanded fourth edition of the award-winning “Terror in the Mind of God” (University of California Press, 2017), and his co-edited “Oxford Handbook of Global Studies” (Oxford University Press, 2018). His most recent book is "God at War: A Meditation on Religion and Warfare".

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