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Contemporary Terrorism Studies

Edited by Diego Muro and Edited by Tim Wilson

26 March 2022

ISBN: 9780198829560

648 pages

In Stock

Price: £34.99

Written by the experts, this is the only introduction to terrorism studies to fully capture the multi-disciplinary, methodologically plural, and diverse nature of the field.



Contemporary Terrorism Studies is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to terrorism studies, examining key issues and debates, and featuring dedicated sections on terrorism and counter-terrorism. This textbook uniquely provides interdisciplinary coverage, and is written by an expert author team.

  • An expert author team of subject area specialists provide a diverse overview of the subject
  • Draws on many disciplines, with a unique emphasis on the methodologically plural nature of terrorism studies
  • Case studies and questions for reflection help make sense of key theoretical approaches and opposing schools of thought
  • Three-part structure offers a comprehensive overview of a full range of theories, themes and issues in terrorism studies
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Edited by Diego Muro, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews, and Edited by Tim Wilson, Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews

Dr Diego Muro is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. His main research interests are identity politics, ethnic conflict, and terrorism and counter-terrorism. He has published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Ethnicities, Mediterranean Politics, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, Nations and Nationalism, South European Society & Politics, Studies in Conflict, and Terrorism and West European Politics. His latest books on terrorism are Ethnicity and Violence (2008), ETA's Terrorist Campaign (2017) and When does terrorism work? (2018).

Dr Tim Wilson is the Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at St Andrews. His research interests and media appearances range widely over the past, present and future of terrorism and political violence. He is especially interested in why such horrors take the particular forms that they do. His first book Frontiers of Violence - a grassroots comparison of different patterns of ethnic violence in contested borderlands - was published in 2010. His second book Killing Strangers: How Political Violence Become Modern appeared in September 2020. Both were published by Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction, Tim Wilson and Diego Muro
    Part One: The State of Terrorism Studies
    2:What are terrorism studies? Tim Wilson
    3:Critical Terrorism Studies, Harmonie Toros
    4:Conceptualisations of Terrorism, Anthony Richards
    5:Terrorism in Context, Adrian Guelke
    6:The Social Science of Political Violence, Stefan Malthaner, Donatella della Porta, and Lorenzo Bosi
    7:Open Sources Databases, Gary LaFree
    Part Two: Issues and Debates in Terrorism Studies
    8:The History of Terrorism, Bernhard Blumenau and Tim Wilson
    9:What are the Root Causes of terrorism? Nick Brooke
    10:When Do Individuals Radicalise? Rik Coolsaet
    11:Can Terrorism be Rational? Max Abrahms
    12:Target Selection, Alex Braithwaite and Ian Orringer
    13:Longevity of Terrorist Groups, Leena Malkki
    14:Can States be Terrorists? Kieran McConaghy
    15:Gendered and Racialised Terrorism, Caron Gentry
    16:Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Technology, Peter Lehr
    17:Old and New Terrorism, Peter Neumann
    18:Social Media and Terrorism, Donald Holbrook
    19:Is Terrorism Effective? Diego Muro
    Part Three: Countering Terrorism
    20:Counterterrorism Agencies and Their Work, Martin Innes and Helen Innes
    21:Responding to Terrorism Non-violently, Sondre Lindahl and Richard Jackson
    22:Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Frank Foley
    23:Foreign Policy and Countering Terrorism, Rashmi Singh
    24:International Organisations and Counterterrorism, Christian Kaunert and Ori Wertman
    25:Terrorism by Insurgents and Rebels, Jakana Thomas
    26:Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, Daniel Koehler
    27:Disengagement and De-Radicalisation Programmes, Sarah Marsden
    28:Victims of Terrorism and Political Violence, Orla Lynch and Carmel Joyce
    29:The End of Terrorist Campaigns, Audrey Kurth Cronin


"An unusually comprehensive and authoritative book which creatively draws together new and established scholars to explore the many and growing approaches to this most important of subjects. This volume will prove invaluable to those teaching courses on terrorism and will stimulate lively discussion among scholars." - Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford, UK

"A powerful, authoritative, compelling volume on one of the world's major fields of research and analysis. A wide-ranging, rigorous and important book." - Professor Richard English, Queen's University Belfast, author of Does Terrorism Work? A History

"An ambitious textbook that provides a comprehensive and well-organized introduction to terrorism studies, containing contributions from a large number of leading scholars in the field. Contemporary Terrorism Studies covers an impressive range of topics and pays close attention to the key issues that drive our understanding of terrorism." - Martha Crenshaw, Senior Fellow Emerita, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, and Professor Emerita, Wesleyan University, USA

"Given the vast expansion of terrorism studies, the need for an authoritative exegesis and assessment of the many new approaches, methodologies, and perspectives involving this highly contentious subject has become acute. Contemporary Terrorism Studies is thus a very timely, welcome, and immensely important contribution to the literature. Its editors, Diego Muro and Tim Wilson, have masterfully assembled a stellar cast of contributors to explore and examine contemporary research on terrorism in all its variegated dimensions. This book will become an essential reference work for scholars and students alike." - Professor Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University, and author, Inside Terrorism

"A wide-ranging and comprehensive work that covers the key issues of debate in terrorism studies, in an accessible and engaging form." - Eamonn O'Kane, Reader in Conflict Studies, School of Social, Historical and Political Studies, University of Wolverhampton

"A thoughtful, well-designed book that equips students with both the conceptual depth and empirical evidence they need to develop into discerning scholars. The ability of the various authors to synthesise such complex debates is welcome for teachers and students alike." - Shaun McDaid, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Department of Behaviour and Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
Contemporary Terrorism Studies is available for students and institutions to
purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.
- The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along
with hyperlinks to question pointers, and a library of web links, helping
you to broaden your knowledge and understanding terrorism studies:
- Student resources: additional case studies, guidance on accessing
databases, pointers for tackling the questions for reflection, and suggested
web links organised by chapter are available online.
- Lecturer resources: customisable PowerPoint slides to adapt and use in teaching

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