Terrorism: A Social-Moral Syndrome or a Political Means

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor Department of Criminology and Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

2 Member of the Scientific Board of Science and Research University, Tehran, Iran


Terrorism or terrorist activities is a modern phenomena which has caused the most social and political upheavals both internally and internationally. This phenomenon has also been used by the super powers as an excuse for armed conflicts in the form of wars. From this point of view, terrorism is an economic, social and cultural syndrome against which some kind of reaction is a must. Another approach towards terrorism is regarding it as political means inter alia with other means that can be used by the political powers and groups for achieving their goals. Both viewpoints have been considered in the present article so that the nature of terrorism as a syndrome or as means to an end may be clarified.


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