Mark Juergensmeyer

Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, Director

Mark Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics. He has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including the recently released Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State published by University of California Press in 2008. His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, published by University of California Press with a revised edition in 2003, is based on interviews with religious activists around the world, including individuals convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, leaders of Hamas and abortion clinic bombers in the United States. It was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best non-fiction books of the year. Juergensmeyer is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for contributions to the study of religion and is the 2004 recipient of the Silver Award of the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence in Spain. He was elected president of the American Academy of Religion for 2009 and chairs the working group on Religion and International Affairs for the Social Science Research Council. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, ABC and Fox News.


Foundation Update

Religion and Conflict in Global Perspective

The resurgence of religion in the latter days of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st has seen religion increasingly used as a form of symbolic empowerment to justify violent resistance and give meaning to protest groups. Despite the persistence of religious terror and extreme violence, the popular protests of Tahrir Square and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa have instigated a significant paradigm shift that not only has implications for violent religious extremists, but also for how governments should engage with religious actors in the pursuit of counter-terror and democratisation policies, writes Mark Juergensmeyer for our Global Perspectives Series.

01 May 2015

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