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Author Oliver, A. M.

Title The road to martyrs' square : a journey into the world of the suicide bomber / Anne Marie Oliver and Paul F. Steinberg
Published New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005


Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 214 pages, 64 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Saint Yasin -- Welcome to planet X-- Look with your ears, my friend -- Lunch with Hasan -- A complete darkness -- The disciple (Hahaha) -- A minor jihad -- The gharqad tree -- The evil incident -- The brotherhood -- Splits in the brain -- The miracle sheikh -- The mechanical waving hand of a keffiyah-clad manikin -- Soldier in Chinese hat, planning escape -- The sweet girl -- The antidote -- A babe in the womb -- The crazy girl -- The dark room -- Walls, maze, prison -- An entire cosmology -- A question of style -- It doesn't matter when or how I am killed -- Martyr on a black horse -- Terror in their hearts -- We are worth nothing without a machine-gun -- Children, but they are men and heroes -- Al-Aqsa massacre video -- Blood, blood, blood -- A collaborator breaker accused of something close to collaboration -- A daring shock of jet-black hair coyly peeking out beneath her veil -- Monkeys and pigs and servants of evil -- The mad dogs of language -- A notice of the end of the world -- A death on the path of God -- The green line -- The fixer -- Ghosts with guns -- The last words of Hamza Abu-Surur -- The smile of the martyr -- A still blue river -- The killing of Haim Nachmani -- The last words of Salah 'Uthman -- A happy man -- The last words of Muhammad al-Hindi -- Intimate of heart -- Al-Hindi and Abu-Surur meet -- Circle and vow, the trainer's soliloquy -- A tourist in the dunya -- A khanjar, floating -- A second appearance -- Any number compared to infinity -- The paradise hotel -- The gun dance -- A few hours later; or, the trail of a dagger
Summary "Combining in equal measure the critical and the compassionate, the tragic and the absurd, this memoir chronicles two interlocking, often clashing journeys - an exploration of the cult of martyrdom in the underground media of the intifada, on the one hand, and on the other, the struggle for friendship across seemingly impossible divides." "The authors lived for six months with a Palestinian refugee family in the Gaza Strip at the beginning of the intifada, and then for the next six years collected graffiti, videotapes, audiocassettes, posters, and other street media in over one hundred towns in the West Bank and Gaza. Their book is based on these primary materials (with 86 illustrations included) as well as dozens of interviews with leaders and followers, including a rare interview with a Hamas suicide bomber whose bomb failed to explode on an Israeli bus in Jerusalem. Dispensing with the cliches and platitudes surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the book provides access to materials hitherto unavailable and presents in a new voice the master scripts of the intifada and the rise of the suicide bomber. Disseminated by nationalists and Islamists alike, these materials make it clear that the suicide bomber is not just an Islamist phenomenon but rather a widely shared fantasy that skips across religious and political divides. Indeed, the fantasy of the suicide bomber, the authors suggest, is global in scope."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah
Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah
Suicide bombers -- Gaza Strip
Suicide bombers -- West Bank
Terrorism -- Gaza Strip
Terrorism -- West Bank
Suicide bombers
Palestijnse kwestie.
Gaza Strip
West Bank
Form Electronic book
Author Steinberg, Paul F.
LC no. 2004008861
ISBN 9780198027560