Suicide Terrorism / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Ami Pedahzur’s articulate and groundbreaking work not onlyaddresses how terrorism occurs, but also why terrorist groups havechosen suicide terrorism as a tactic throughout the globe ... anoutstanding examination of suicide terrorism."
Australian Journal of Political Science

"A noteworthy and essential addition to the body of literature.Pedahzur adds significant, accessible insight into suicideoperations that informs strategic, operational, and tacticalperspectives."
British Army Review

"Helps us understand the gendered nature of suicideterrorism."
Nicola Pratt, Democratiya

"Suicide Terrorism is among the most authoritative andincisive analyses of this subject available. Ami Pedahzur’smeticulous research and trenchant analysis coupled with his directexperience of suicide terrorism’s corrosive effects onsociety endow the book with a perspective and gravitas unique inthe literature. Suicide Terrorism is essential reading foranyone wanting to understand the emergence and growth of thistactic and the best means to counter it."
Bruce Hoffman, US Military Academy, West Point; author ofInside Terrorism

"This is a comprehensive approach to a difficult phenomenon bysomeone who knows his subject well. Pedhazur writes with the coolclarity of a seasoned social scientist, but with the sensitivity ofone who has lived through suicide attacks and can count formerstudents and colleagues among the victims. Comparing cases ofMuslim militants associated with Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hizbollah,with Sri Lankan Tamil separatists, Kurdish nationalists andJapanese kamikaze fighters, he derives a complex analytic frameworkwith cultural, political and socio-psychological dimensions. Thisbook brings our understanding of this increasingly familiar form ofterrorism to a new level of sophistication."
Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: TheGlobal Rise of Religious Violence

"Ami Pedahzur has established himself as one of the most astuteobservers of terrorist violence in general and suicide terrorism inparticular. In this work he answers all the crucial questionsconcerning the when, why and how of suicide attacks. This is anoutstanding book by an outstanding young scholar."
Leonard Weinberg, University of Nevada Reno

"Suicide Terrorism is an exhaustive study and providesincisive analysis of the subject."
Mia Bloom, University of Georgia

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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 thePalestinian Organisations
  • Founding Fathers of Modern-Day Suicide Terrorism - TheHezbollah in Lebanon
  • Suicide Terrorism - A Winning Strategy
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Tool for Gaining Power in PoliticalArenas in Lebanon and the Middle East
  • External or Internal Struggle? Suicide Terrorism in thePalestinian Arena
  • Suicide Terrorism - A Strategy for Advancing the PeaceProcess?
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Strategy in the Contemporaneous Struggleagainst 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 thePKK
  • Overall Strategy or a Specific Tactic? - Suicide Terrorism ofthe LTTE in Sri Lanka
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Tool in the Tamil Minority's Strugglefor Independence
  • Suicide Terrorism and the Tamil Political Arena
  • Factors Leading to the LTTE's Suspension of SuicideAttacks
  • Suicide Terrorism as a Means of Organisational Survival - ThePKK in Turkey
  • Popular Support, Member Morale or Strategic Interest? The PKK'sOpting for Suicide Terrorism
  • The Role of Turkish Policy in Thwarting Further PKK SuicideActions
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5 - The Transition to Suicide Terrorism: Al-Qaeda andthe Network of the Islamic Fundamentalist Groups
  • The Strategy of Ostentatious Suicide Terrorism - The Al-QaedaOrganisation
  • Suicide Terrorism of the Islamic Fundamentalist Groups
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6 - Who Becomes a Suicide Terrorist?
  • Preconditions for the Emergence of Suicide TerrorismCommitmentas 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 SuicideBombers
  • Summary
  • Chapter 7 - The Recruitment and Socialisation of the SuicideTerrorist
  • The Environmental Setting of Suicide Terrorism
  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Dispatching
  • Summary
  • Chapter 8 - The Consequences of Suicide TerrorismAfterword
  • 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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