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Author Khosrokhavar, Farhad.

Title Suicide bombers : Allah's new martyrs / Farhad Khosrokhavar ; translated by David Macey
Published London ; Ann Arbor, MI : Pluto Press, 2005


Description 1 online resource (vi, 258 pages)
Contents Introduction: Two forms of martyrdom ---- 1. Islam --- Jihad: Holy War --- Martyrdom in Islam --- The difficult secularisation of religion --- Reinterpretations of martyrdom and Jihad --- The paradoxical individualisation of religious discourse --- Martyropathy --- Death and fear of dying ---- 2. The impossible national community --- Martyrdom in Iran --- Martyrdom in Palestine --- Lebanon: between martyrdom and absurdity ---- 3. The transnational Neo-umma: al-Qaeda's martyrs --- Diasporic Ummas --- Forms of humiliation --- A new self-consciousness --- The world metropolis --- Organisational forms --- Different types of actor --- The new middle-class diaspora --- The case of Britain --- The case of America --- Jihadist families --- Converts --- The exclusion of women --- The new globalised imaginary ---- Conclusion
Summary In the West, the suicide bomber has become a familiar image in newspapers and on television. In Palestine, Iraq, Saudi 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. -- Publisher description
Analysis Suicide bombings
Islamic fundamentalism
Religion in politics
Terrorist groups
Overseas item
Martyrdom (Islam)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 238-254) and index
Notes Translated from the French
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Subject Martyrdom -- Islam.
Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Suicide -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Suicide bombers.
RELIGION -- Islam -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
Analyse comparative.
Suicide -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Martyrdom -- Islam
Suicide bombers
Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Politiek geweld.
Vergelijkend onderzoek.
Fundamentalismus -- Islam -- Terror -- Martyrium.
Selbstmord -- Attentat -- Islam -- Fundamentalismus.
Martyrium -- Islam -- Selbstmord -- Attentat.
Islamischer Fundamentalismus -- Terror -- Martyrium.
Selbstmord -- Attentat -- Islamischer Fundamentalismus.
Form Electronic book
Author Macey, David, 1949-2011
LC no. 2005357283
ISBN 9781435660861
Other Titles Nouveaux martyrs d'Allah. English