Religion and Terrorism: Evidence from Ramadan Fasting

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Abstract To study the effect of religiosity on terrorism, we focus on one of the five pillars of Islam: Ramadan fasting. For identification, we exploit two facts: First, daily fasting from dawn to sunset during Ramadan is considered mandatory for most Muslims. Second, the Islamic calendar is not synchronized with the solar cycle. We find a robust negative effect of more intense Ramadan fasting on terrorist events within districts and country-years in predominantly Muslim countries. We argue that this effect partly operates through a decrease in public support for terrorism, which in turn reduces the operational capabilities of terrorist groups.
Authors Hodler, Roland; Raschky, Paul & Strittmatter, Anthony
Language English
Subjects economics
social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Date 5 May 2019
Event Title Workshop on Geodata and Economics
Event Location Universität Hamburg
Event Dates 16.5-17.5.2019
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Depositing User Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler
Date Deposited 10 Dec 2019 05:50
Last Modified 04 Oct 2022 00:31


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Hodler, Roland; Raschky, Paul & Strittmatter, Anthony: Religion and Terrorism: Evidence from Ramadan Fasting. Workshop on Geodata and Economics. Universität Hamburg, 5 May 2019.

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