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The Globalization of Martyrdom: Al Qaeda, Salafi Jihad, and the Diffusion of Suicide Attacks

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Overview

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice magazine

This groundbreaking volume examines the rise and spread of suicide attacks over the past decade. Sorting through 1,270 terror strikes between 1981 and 2007, Assaf Moghadam attributes their recent proliferation to the mutually related ascendance of al Qaeda and its guiding ideology, Salafi Jihad, an extreme interpretation of Islam that rejects national boundaries and seeks to create a global Muslim community.

This unflinching analysis provides new information about the relationship between ideology and suicide attacks and recommends policies focused on containing Salafi Jihadism.

"One of the most authoritative books on the subject... Throughout its entirety, the book carries an interdisciplinary timbre, maintains the highest level of analytical integrity, and keeps the reader interested, if not intrigued."— Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa

"One of the most interesting, nuanced studies published in our field in some time... a truly remarkable, thought-provoking text."— Democracy and Security

"An excellent read. Moghadam is a leading expert in the study of Al Qaeda and suicide attacks and his expertise shines through... Well-researched and argued, this book deserves a close read by all scholars interested in questions of terrorism, Al Qaeda, and the way globalization is influencing the trajectory of terrorist groups."— Middle East Strategy at Harvard blog

"A rigorous and important examination of suicide attacks executed by Osama bin Laden and the movement he inspires. This timely book is a valuable contribution to an improved understanding of suicide attacks, terrorism, and Al Qaeda alike, and provides plausible policy recommendations to help stem the further spread of this tactic."—General (ret.) John P. Abizaid, former commander, United States Central Command

"One of the most thorough and important works available on this often misunderstood subject. The author's masterful treatment of this phenomenon's history and its contemporary growth and evolution, alongside his incisive analysis and perceptive policy recommendations, makes The Globalization of Martyrdom a welcome and seminal contribution to the field of terrorism studies."—Bruce Hoffman, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, author of Inside Terrorism

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Middle East Strategy at Harvard blog - Michael Horowitz
An excellent read. Moghadam is a leading expert in the study of Al Qaeda and suicide attacks and his expertise shines through... Well-researched and argued, this book deserves a close read by all scholars interested in questions of terrorism, Al Qaeda, and the way globalization is influencing the trajectory of terrorist groups.
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa - Benjamin T. Acosta
One of the most authoritative books on the subject. Moghadam offers a unique contribution not only to terrorism studies but Middle East and Islamic studies as well. Throughout its entirety, the book carries an interdisciplinary timbre, maintains the highest level of analytical integrity, and keeps the reader interested, if not intrigued.
Democracy and Security - Yoram Schweitzer and Sean London
One of the most interesting, nuanced studies published in our field in some time, then, Globalization contributes immensely to ongoing debates over the manner in which the campaign against global terrorism should be prosecuted... truly remarkable, thought- provoking text.
Middle East Strategy at Harvard blog
An excellent read. Moghadam is a leading expert in the study of Al Qaeda and suicide attacks and his expertise shines through... Well-researched and argued, this book deserves a close read by all scholars interested in questions of terrorism, Al Qaeda, and the way globalization is influencing the trajectory of terrorist groups.

— Michael Horowitz

Democracy and Security
One of the most interesting, nuanced studies published in our field in some time, then, Globalization contributes immensely to ongoing debates over the manner in which the campaign against global terrorism should be prosecuted... truly remarkable, thought- provoking text.

— Yoram Schweitzer and Sean London

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa
One of the most authoritative books on the subject. Moghadam offers a unique contribution not only to terrorism studies but Middle East and Islamic studies as well. Throughout its entirety, the book carries an interdisciplinary timbre, maintains the highest level of analytical integrity, and keeps the reader interested, if not intrigued.

— Benjamin T. Acosta

Choice

Moghadam's study stands out from the many studies of terrorism because of the clarity of its argument and presentation, as well as the strength and distinctive character of its thesis about suicide attacks... Highly recommended.

Choice
Moghadam's study stands out from the many studies of terrorism because of the clarity of its argument and presentation, as well as the strength and distinctive character of its thesis about suicide attacks... Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421400587
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,420,897
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Assaf Moghadam is Senior Lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel. He is the author of The Roots of Terrorism and coeditor of Fault Lines in Global Jihad: Organizational, Strategic, and Ideological Fissures.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

List of Acronyms xiii

Introduction 1

1 The Global Proliferation of Suicide Missions 38

2 Al Qaeda and the Primacy of Suicide Attacks 62

3 Salafi Jihad and the Veneration of Martyrdom 94

4 From Al Qaeda to Global Jihad 127

5 Suicide Missions from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan 152

6 The United Kingdom and the 7/7 Bombings 193

7 The Rise of Suicide Attacks in Iraq 222

Conclusion 251

Appendix. Ideological Affiliation of Groups That Have Conducted Suicide Attacks from 1981 to 2007 269

Notes 277

Bibliography 311

Index 335

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