Magazine article New Internationalist

Suicide Bombers: Allah's New Martyrs

Magazine article New Internationalist

Suicide Bombers: Allah's New Martyrs

Article excerpt

Suicide Bombers Allah's New Martyrs by Farhad Khosrokhavar (Pluto Press ISBN 0 7453 2283 2)

This scholarly study looks at how some Islamist intellectuals - Syed Qutb, Ayatollah Khomeini, Ali Shariati and others - have attempted to politicize the religion in response to assaults on the Muslim world by an imperial West. The author follows the emergence of suicide bombing as a tactic on a large scale in Iran during the struggle against the Shah and the (Western-fuelled) Iran-Iraq war that followed. It was then picked up by Hezbollah in Lebanon and later still by the Palestinian struggle.

Finally Khosrokhavar looks at the emergence of al-Qaeda sympathizers in the Muslim diaspora. Perhaps it's because he's a sociologist and an anthropologist that he emphasizes his view that modern martyrdom is part of the individual's struggle for self-realization; and that Western al-Qaeda sympathizers are struggling socially to come to terms with living in a liberal society whose ethical compass is constantly shifting. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.