Dead for good: martyrdom and the rise of the suicide bomber

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Paradigm Publishers, 2007 - History - 239 pages
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Dead for Good vividly describes how history gave rise to the suicide bombers of today. The passionate submission of ancient Jewish and Christian martyrs was largely supplanted by militant self-sacrifice as Islam spread and holy war erupted in the Crusades. In the Indian Punjab, the Khalsa Sikhs made warrior-martyrdom an instinct and policy in their defense of community and of justice. In a last-ditch effort to defeat the Allies in World War II, the Japanese transformed warrior-martyrs into martyr-warriors trained to sacrifice themselves in attacks on enemy carriers. The current suicide bomber is the latest phase: Whether motivated by nationalism, religious ideology, or a combination of both, the new 'predatory' martyr dies for the cause while killing indiscriminately. Exploring martyrdom across cultures and throughout history, this book gives us new insights into today's suicide bombers and answers to the common question 'Why do they do it?'

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

I was rather pleased with this one, especially all the content dealing with the Jewish, Christian and Islamic roots of martyrdom and the rise of the warrior martyr. Read full review


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Hugh Barlow is Professor Emeritus and Director of Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He is the author, most recently, of Criminal Justice in America (Prentice-Hall 2000).

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