Oct 22, 2015

What are you reading? – 22 October 2015

A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Times Higher Education
October 22, 2015

Destructive and Terrorist Cults: A New Kind of Slavery
Matthew Feldman, professor in the modern history of ideas, Teesside University, is reading Masoud Banisadr’s Destructive and Terrorist Cults: A New Kind of Slavery (Research Institute on Destructive Cults, 2014). “Are ISIS and al-Qaeda death cults? Is this ‘parasitic milieu’ analogous to better-known enslavements involving chains and lashes? Absolutely, according to Banisadr, a survivor of Iran’s Mujahedin-e Khalq. With scientific precision, the dynamics of both well-known and obscure hermetic groups are examined, with ideology, ‘brainwashing’ techniques and charismatic leadership stressed. His conclusion? It could happen to anyone. Impressive and chilling reading.”

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