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Government interference in religious institutions and terrorism

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Many states have adopted policies that monitor or attempt to control religious institutions in various ways. This ranges from limiting foreign-born clerics to approving the sermons presented in these institutions. These policies are often justified as measures to limit religious strife or terrorism by minimising extremism in the country. Are they effective? Or are they counterproductive, and promote resentment and violence? Using data from the Religion and State dataset and the Global Terrorism Database, I find that intensified government interference in religious institutions can lead to an increase in terrorism in a country.
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Keywords: Terrorism; religion-state relations; religious freedom

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Political Science/Global and Regional Studies Program, University of Vermont, Bington, VT, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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