For Love of the Father: A Psychoanalytic Study of Religious Terrorism

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Appendix A

Mohammed Atta's Letter
00:33 29Sep2001 RTRS-Text of suspected hijacker documentWASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters)—Here is the complete text of the fourpage document found in the luggage of Mohammed Atta, the 33-year-old Egyptian who helped hijack one of the two planes that hit the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11. This is a Reuters translation from handwritten Arabic. Portions in square brackets are explanatory additions. Other bracketed portions are bracketed in the original.
The Last Night:
1. Making an oath to die and renew your intentions.
Shave excess hair from the body and wear cologne.
Shower
2. Make sure you know all aspects of the plan well, and expect the response, or a reaction, from the enemy.
3. Read Al-Tawba and Anfal [traditional war chapters from the Holy Koran] and reflect on their meanings and remember all of the things that God has promised for the martyrs.
4. Remind your soul to listen and obey [all divine orders] and remember that you will face decisive situations that might prevent you from 100 percent obedience, so tame your soul, purify it, convince it, make it understand, and incite it. God said: “Obey

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Preface xv
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Evil as Love and as Liberation: the Mind of a Suicidal Religious Terrorist 21
  • 2 - Fundamentalism as Vertical Mystical Homoeros 45
  • 3 - Purification as Violence 61
  • 4 - Regression to the Father Clinical Narratives and Theoretical Reflections 74
  • 5 - The Triadic Structure of Evil 102
  • Appendix A - Mohammed Atta's Letter 143
  • Appendix B - From Dr. Ali Shariati's After Shahadat 149
  • Notes 157
  • References 191
  • Index 211
  • Meridian - Crossing Aesthetics 221
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