Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making of Palestinian Suicide Bombers / Edition 1

Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making of Palestinian Suicide Bombers / Edition 1

by Mohammed Hafez
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1929223722

ISBN-13: 9781929223725

Pub. Date: 01/28/2006

Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)

Suicide bombings have become a terrifyingly familiar feature of contemporary warfare and insurgency. But explanations of such attacks are typically either too narrow or too superficial to enable us to understand—and thus combat—this complex and deadly phenomenon.

In this slim but remarkably balanced, informative, and insightful volume, Mohammed Hafez

Overview

Suicide bombings have become a terrifyingly familiar feature of contemporary warfare and insurgency. But explanations of such attacks are typically either too narrow or too superficial to enable us to understand—and thus combat—this complex and deadly phenomenon.

In this slim but remarkably balanced, informative, and insightful volume, Mohammed Hafez delves beneath the surface as he explores the case of Palestinian suicide bombers during the al-Aqsa intifada that began in 2000. Drawing on extensive research in the West Bank and Israel, Hafez reveals an intricate web of factors that fueled the campaign of suicide attacks. To understand the bombings, he argues, we must examine the interrelation among the motives of the individual “martyrs,” the calculations of the organizations that deployed them, and the attitudes of a victimized society. This approach yields not only a penetrating look at suicide bombers but also policy-relevant lessons for dealing with extreme political violence in places such as Iraq, Chechnya, and Afghanistan.

Highly readable, wonderfully concise, and packed with useful information, Manufacturing Human Bombs offers students an excellent introduction to its subject; for readers already well versed in terrorism and the Middle East, the volume offers a rare combination of rich empirical data, considerable analytical breadth and depth, and refreshing evenhandedness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929223725
Publisher:
United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Series:
Perspectives Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Jerrold M. Post, M.D.     IX
Acknowledgments     XIII
Note on Data Collection     XV
Introduction     3
Explanations of Suicide Terrorism     9
Palestinian Suicide Bombings since 1993     17
Organizational Motives: The Strategic Logic of Insurgent Groups     25
Individual Motives: The Redemptive Logic of Suicide Bombers     33
Societal Motives: The Logic of Communities in Conflict     53
Policy Implications     67
Appendices
Palestinian Suicide Bombings since 1993     79
Selected Wills and Testaments of Suicide Bombers     87
Profiles of Palestinian Groups That Deploy Suicide Bombers     93
Notes     99
Resources for Further Research     111
Index     115
About the Author     125

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