Suicide Bombers: Allah's New Martyrs

Suicide Bombers: Allah's New Martyrs

by Farhad Khosrokhavar, David Macey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745322832

ISBN-13: 9780745322834

Pub. Date: 02/14/2005

Publisher: Pluto Press

In the West, the suicide bomber has become a familiar image in newspapers and on television. In Palestine, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, Indonesia and elsewhere, the results of suicide bombing have been devastating. What drives young men and women to become suicide bombers? This is not a question that is often addressed.

This remarkable book provides some of the answers and

Overview

In the West, the suicide bomber has become a familiar image in newspapers and on television. In Palestine, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, Indonesia and elsewhere, the results of suicide bombing have been devastating. What drives young men and women to become suicide bombers? This is not a question that is often addressed.

This remarkable book provides some of the answers and explores how the suicide bomber relates to the concept of the martyr in fundamentalist Islam. Farhad Khosrokhavar contrasts it with the idea of the martyr in Christianity. Most importantly, he offers a clear insight into the different ways in which the concept is viewed within Islam, including divisions within Islamic fundamentalist groups, which change according to the political situation of the country in which they are based.

Drawing on extensive interviews with jailed Islamist militants, Farhad Khosrokhavar examines differing attitudes towards the 'sacred death' in various Islamic countries, including Iran, Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt. He also investigates transnational networks such as al-Qaeda, offering portraits of various prisoners who belong to the group.

Farhad Khosrokhavar distinguishes between two types of martyr: those from the developing world, who are excluded from what modernity has to offer; and the minority who live at the heart of the western world - a mainly middle-class diaspora from the Middle East and the Maghreb who are at ease with several cultural codes, but whose experience of the West is still marked by racism and discrimination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745322834
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
02/14/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Terminologyvi
Introduction1
Two Forms of Martyrdom4
1Islam11
Jihad: Holy War13
Martyrdom in Islam20
The Difficult Secularisation of Religion25
Reinterpretations of Martyrdom and Jihad28
The Paradoxical Individualisation of Religious Discourse52
Martyropathy58
Death and Fear of Dying62
2The Impossible National Community70
Martyrdom in Iran70
Martyrdom in Palestine109
Lebanon: Between Martyrdom and Absurdity141
3The Transnational Neo-umma: al-Qaeda's Martyrs149
Diasporic Ummas149
Forms of Humiliation152
A New Self-consciousness153
The World Metropolis158
Organisational Forms161
Different Types of Actor174
The New Middle-class Diaspora175
The Case of Britain195
The Case of America200
Jihadist Families204
Converts206
The Exclusion of Women217
The New Globalised Imaginary219
Conclusion225
Afterword to the English Edition230
Index255

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