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In this compelling book, Ami Pedahzur investigates the root causes of suicide terrorism and its rapid proliferation in recent years. Drawing on a variety of sources, Suicide Terrorism explores the use of human bombs in Lebanon, Israel, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Chechnya and Iraq and the ostentatious attacks of Al-Qaeda and the global jihad. It is the only book to offer such an in-depth, up-to-date, cross-cultural analysis of suicide terrorism in the twenty-first century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745633831
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ami Pedahzur is an associate professor at the University of Texas, Austin and a senior research fellow at the National Security Studies Center, University of Haifa, Israel

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Figures
  • Chapter 1 - What is Suicide Terrorism?
  • The Symbiosis between Terror and Death
  • What is Suicide Terrorism?
  • General Features of Suicide Terrorism in the World
  • Tactical Features of Suicide Terrorism
  • Methods of Operation
  • Targets of Suicide Terrorism
  • Plan of the Book
  • Chapter 2 - How Can Suicide Terrorism Be Explained?
  • Strategic-Rational Decision-Making
  • The Social-Cultural Aspect
  • Recruitment of the Potential Suicide Bomber
  • The Organisational Procedure
  • Summary
  • Chapter 3 - Turning to Suicide Terrorism: Hezbollah and the Palestinian Organisations
  • Founding Fathers of Modern-Day Suicide Terrorism - The Hezbollah in Lebanon
  • Suicide Terrorism - A Winning Strategy
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Tool for Gaining Power in Political Arenas in Lebanon and the Middle East
  • External or Internal Struggle? Suicide Terrorism in the Palestinian Arena
  • Suicide Terrorism - A Strategy for Advancing the Peace Process?
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Strategy in the Contemporaneous Struggle against both Israel and the Palestinian Authority
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Tool in Rivalry among Organisations - The Case of the Al-Aqsa Intifada
  • Summary
  • Chapter 4 - Turning to Suicide Terrorism - The LTTE and the PKK
  • Overall Strategy or a Specific Tactic? - Suicide Terrorism of the LTTE in Sri Lanka
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Tool in the Tamil Minority's Struggle for Independence
  • Suicide Terrorism and the Tamil Political Arena
  • Factors Leading to the LTTE's Suspension of Suicide Attacks
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Means of Organisational Survival - The PKK in Turkey
  • Popular Support, Member Morale or Strategic Interest? The PKK's Opting for Suicide Terrorism
  • The Role of Turkish Policy in Thwarting Further PKK Suicide Actions
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5 - The Transition to Suicide Terrorism: Al-Qaeda and the Network of the Islamic Fundamentalist Groups
  • The Strategy of Ostentatious Suicide Terrorism - The Al-Qaeda Organisation
  • Suicide Terrorism of the Islamic Fundamentalist Groups
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6 - Who Becomes a Suicide Terrorist?
  • Preconditions for the Emergence of Suicide TerrorismCommitment as a Motivation for Suicide Attacks
  • Personal Motivation for Suicide Attacks
  • Financial Crisis as Motivation
  • Personal Crisis as Motivation
  • Revenge as Motivation
  • An Analysis of the Motivations of Palestinian Suicide Bombers
  • Summary
  • Chapter 7 - The Recruitment and Socialisation of the Suicide Terrorist
  • The Environmental Setting of Suicide Terrorism
  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Dispatching
  • Summary
  • Chapter 8 - The Consequences of Suicide Terrorism Afterword
  • The Effects of Suicide Terrorism
  • The Response to Suicide Terrorism
  • Short-Term Offensive Responses
  • Short-Term Defensive Responses
  • Long-Term Offensive Responses
  • Long-Term Defensive Responses
  • Notes
  • Appendix: Suicide Bombings
  • Index
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