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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.
|1||Explanations of suicide terrorism||9|
|2||Palestinian suicide bombings since 1993||17|
|3||Organizational motives : the strategic logic of insurgent groups||25|
|4||Individual motives : the redemptive logic of suicide bombers||33|
|5||Societal motives : the logic of communities in conflict||53|
|App. A||Palestinian suicide bombings since 1993||79|
|App. B||Selected wills and testaments of suicide bombers||87|
|App. C||Profiles of Palestinian groups that deploy suicide bombers||93|