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Suicide bombers [electronic resource] : Allah's new martyrs / Farhad Khosrokhavar ; translated by David Macey.

By: Khosrokhavar, Farhad.
Contributor(s): Macey, David, 1949-2011.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London ; Ann Arbor, MI : Pluto Press, 2005Description: 1 online resource (vi, 258 p.).ISBN: 9781435660861 (electronic bk.); 1435660862 (electronic bk.); 9781849644723 (electronic bk.); 1849644721 (electronic bk.); 9780745322834 (pbk.); 0745322832 (pbk.).Uniform titles: Nouveaux martyrs d'Allah. English Subject(s): Martyrdom -- Islam | Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Islam | Suicide -- Religious aspects -- Islam | Suicide bombers | RELIGION -- Islam -- General | Martelaren | Politiek geweld | Vergelijkend onderzoek | Zelfmoordaanslagen | Fundamentalismus -- Islam -- Terror -- Martyrium | Selbstmord -- Attentat -- Islam -- Fundamentalismus | Martyrium -- Islam -- Selbstmord -- Attentat | Islamischer Fundamentalismus -- Terror -- Martyrium | Selbstmord -- Attentat -- Islamischer Fundamentalismus | Islam | Selbstmordattentat | Electronic books | Suicide bombings | Islamic fundamentalism | Religion in politics | Psychology | Discrimination | Terrorist groups | Overseas item | Martyrdom (Islam)Additional physical formats: Print version:: Suicide bombers.DDC classification: 297.7/2 Other classification: 89.58 Online resources: EBSCOhost
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.
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Originally published in 2002 by Flammarion.

Translated from the French.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-254) and index.

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.

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.

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