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Journal of Religion and Violence

Volume 6, Issue 3, 2018

New Religious Movements and Violence

Massimo Introvigne
Pages 315-327
DOI: 10.5840/jrv20186360

Introduction—New Religious Movements and Violence: A Typology

This issue of the JRV is dedicated to case studies illustrating the multiple relationships between new religious movements and violence. In this introduction, I propose a typological investigation of these relationships, distinguishing between acts of violence really perpetrated by NRMs—against their own members, opponents and critics, rival religionists, and the State or society at large—and episodes of violence of which the NRMs are the victims. Finally, I also propose a typology of acts of violence ascribed to NRMs, but of which they are in fact innocent, as the crimes are either imaginary, are not really “crimes,” or have been perpetrated by others, including the public authorities themselves.