The book “Understanding and Addressing Suicide Attacks: The Faith and Politics of Martyrdom Operations” Provides readers with a better understanding of the underlying religious and historical basis for Muslim suicide attacks and makes recommendations for dealing with them when and where they occur.
During the past several years, Americans have witnessed the frequent occurrence of suicide attacks by radical Muslim groups. The public has wondered what drives someone to kill himself specifically in order to wreak havoc and destruction. While other works address the subject, many entirely ignore the ideological, religious, and cultural appeal of suicide attacks, and none can adequately speak to why certain groups choose to use suicide as a weapon while others do not. Beginning with a careful consideration of the religious and historical reasons, and the justifications that perpetrators find therein, for suicide operations, the authors reveal how radical groups have co-opted various aspects of their faith to provide fuel for their current activities.
Established policy makers seem helpless to confront this destructive terrorist activity, often implying that countermeasures are ineffective and seeming to say we will just have to wait out the phenomenon. Even such a well-documented policy report as the 9/11 Commission’s report failed to address the root of suicide attacks, only critiquing technical aspects of the U.S. security system. Focusing on specific attacks, their roots, their perpetrators, and their outcomes, the authors are able to shed light on this resurgence of radical religious forces that encourage the use of such tactics, and to propose new initiatives and approaches to handling such attacks before and after they occur.
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About the Author
David Cook‘s interests include the study of early Islam, Muslim apocalyptic literature and movements for radical social change, dreams, historical astronomy, Judeo-Arabic literature and West African Islam.
Table of Contents
Preface by Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, Founding Director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
- Historical and Islamic Roots of Suicide Attacks-Martyrdom Operations.
- Shi`ites Pioneer the Military Use of Suicide Attacks.
- Are Suicide Operations the Weapon of the Disadvantaged?
- Self-Sacrifice Against the ‘Great Satan’: al-Qa`ida and Martyrdom Operations.
- Spreading Martyrdom Operations; Purifying the Muslim Community.
- Are Suicide Attacks ‘Catching’? Militant Media Organs’ Publicity Efforts
- Success of Terrorist Messages in the American Media.
- Correcting the Suicide Bombing Discourse.
- Fighting Suicide Bombing and the Culture of Martyrdom.
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Title: Understanding and Addressing Suicide Attacks: The Faith and Politics of Martyrdom Operations
Authors: David Cook and Olivia Allison
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International
Length: 224 pages
Pub. Date: 2007