December 2004, Polity
In this compelling book, Ami Pedazhur investigates the root causes of suicide terrorism and its rapid proliferation in recent years. Drawing on a variety of sources, the book explores the use of human bombs in Lebanon, Israel, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Chechnya, Iraq, and the ostentatious attacks of Al-Qaeda and the global jihad. It is the only book to offer such an in-depth, up-to-date, cross cultural analysis of suicide terrorism in the twenty-first Century.
- List of Figures
- Chapter 1 - What is Suicide Terrorism?
- The Symbiosis between Terror and Death
- What is Suicide Terrorism?
- General Features of Suicide Terrorism in the World
- Tactical Features of Suicide Terrorism
- Methods of Operation
- Targets of Suicide Terrorism
- Plan of the Book
- Chapter 2 - How Can Suicide Terrorism Be Explained?
- Strategic-Rational Decision-Making
- The Social-Cultural Aspect
- Recruitment of the Potential Suicide Bomber
- The Organisational Procedure
- Chapter 3 - Turning to Suicide Terrorism: Hezbollah and the
- Founding Fathers of Modern-Day Suicide Terrorism - The
Hezbollah in Lebanon
- Suicide Terrorism - A Winning Strategy
- Suicide Terrorism as a Tool for Gaining Power in Political
Arenas in Lebanon and the Middle East
- External or Internal Struggle? Suicide Terrorism in the
- Suicide Terrorism - A Strategy for Advancing the Peace
- Suicide Terrorism as a Strategy in the Contemporaneous Struggle
against both Israel and the Palestinian Authority
- Suicide Terrorism as a Tool in Rivalry among Organisations -
The Case of the Al-Aqsa Intifada
- Chapter 4 - Turning to Suicide Terrorism - The LTTE and the
- Overall Strategy or a Specific Tactic? - Suicide Terrorism of
the LTTE in Sri Lanka
- Suicide Terrorism as a Tool in the Tamil Minority's Struggle
- Suicide Terrorism and the Tamil Political Arena
- Factors Leading to the LTTE's Suspension of Suicide
- Suicide Terrorism as a Means of Organisational Survival - The
PKK in Turkey
- Popular Support, Member Morale or Strategic Interest? The PKK's
Opting for Suicide Terrorism
- The Role of Turkish Policy in Thwarting Further PKK Suicide
- Chapter 5 - The Transition to Suicide Terrorism: Al-Qaeda and
the Network of the Islamic Fundamentalist Groups
- The Strategy of Ostentatious Suicide Terrorism - The Al-Qaeda
- Suicide Terrorism of the Islamic Fundamentalist Groups
- Chapter 6 - Who Becomes a Suicide Terrorist?
- Preconditions for the Emergence of Suicide TerrorismCommitment
as a Motivation for Suicide Attacks
- Personal Motivation for Suicide Attacks
- Financial Crisis as Motivation
- Personal Crisis as Motivation
- Revenge as Motivation
- An Analysis of the Motivations of Palestinian Suicide
- Chapter 7 - The Recruitment and Socialisation of the Suicide
- The Environmental Setting of Suicide Terrorism
- Chapter 8 - The Consequences of Suicide Terrorism
- The Effects of Suicide Terrorism
- The Response to Suicide Terrorism
- Short-Term Offensive Responses
- Short-Term Defensive Responses
- Long-Term Offensive Responses
- Long-Term Defensive Responses
- Appendix: Suicide Bombings
- Groundbreaking study of the growing but little-understood phenomenon of suicide terrorism.
- Traces the emergence of suicide terrorism as a form of political action in wide range of contexts such as Palestine, Sri Lanka, America and Turkey.
- Explores who becomes a suicide bomber and how these ‘martyrs’ are recruited and socialized by terrorist organizations.
- Provides new statisical data about suicide bombings and includes original interview material with key figures from terrorist groups.
Australian Journal of Political Science
"A noteworthy and essential addition to the body of literature.
Pedahzur adds significant, accessible insight into suicide
operations that informs strategic, operational, and tactical
British Army Review
"Helps us understand the gendered nature of suicide
Nicola Pratt, Democratiya
"Suicide Terrorism is among the most authoritative and
incisive analyses of this subject available. Ami Pedahzur’s
meticulous research and trenchant analysis coupled with his direct
experience of suicide terrorism’s corrosive effects on
society endow the book with a perspective and gravitas unique in
the literature. Suicide Terrorism is essential reading for
anyone wanting to understand the emergence and growth of this
tactic and the best means to counter it."
Bruce Hoffman, US Military Academy, West Point; author of Inside Terrorism
"This is a comprehensive approach to a difficult phenomenon by
someone who knows his subject well. Pedhazur writes with the cool
clarity of a seasoned social scientist, but with the sensitivity of
one who has lived through suicide attacks and can count former
students and colleagues among the victims. Comparing cases of
Muslim militants associated with Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hizbollah,
with Sri Lankan Tamil separatists, Kurdish nationalists and
Japanese kamikaze fighters, he derives a complex analytic framework
with cultural, political and socio-psychological dimensions. This
book brings our understanding of this increasingly familiar form of
terrorism to a new level of sophistication."
Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence
"Ami Pedahzur has established himself as one of the most astute
observers of terrorist violence in general and suicide terrorism in
particular. In this work he answers all the crucial questions
concerning the when, why and how of suicide attacks. This is an
outstanding book by an outstanding young scholar."
Leonard Weinberg, University of Nevada Reno
"Suicide Terrorism is an exhaustive study and provides
incisive analysis of the subject."
Mia Bloom, University of Georgia
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