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Caravan of Martyrs

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University of California Press, Oakland, USA.
Edwards, David B

What compels a person to strap a vest loaded with explosives onto his body and blow himself up in a crowded street? Scholars have answered this question by focusing on the pathology of the "terrorist mind" or the "brainwashing" practices of terrorist organizations. In Caravan of Martyrs, David Edwards argues that we need to understand the rise of suicide bombing in relation to the cultural beliefs and ritual practices associated with sacrifice. Before the war in Afghanistan began, the sacrificial killing of a sheep demonstrated a tribe's desire for peace. After the Soviet invasion of 1979, as thousands of people were killed, sacrifice took on new meanings. The dead were venerated as martyrs, but this informal conferral of status on the casualties of war soon became the foundation for a cult of martyrs exploited by political leaders for their own advantage.
Drawing on years of research in the region, Edwards traces the transformation of sacrifice using a wide range of sources, including the early poetry of jihad, illustrated martyr magazines, school primers and legal handbooks, martyr hagiographies, videos produced by suicide bombers, the manual of ritual instructions used by the 9/11 hijackers, and Facebook posts through which contemporary "Talifans" promote the virtues of self-destruction.

Hardback with jacket. B/w photographs.
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Author(s):
Edwards, David B
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
234 x 157 mm
Edition:
2017
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0520294793
ISBN-13:
9780520294790
Number of pages:
272
Publisher:
University of California Press
Title:
Caravan of Martyrs - Sacrifice and Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan.

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University of California Press, Oakland, USA.
Edwards, David B

What compels a person to strap a vest loaded with explosives onto his body and blow himself up in a crowded street? Scholars have answered this question by focusing on the pathology of the "terrorist mind" or the "brainwashing" practices of terrorist organizations. In Caravan of Martyrs, David Edwards argues that we need to understand the rise of suicide bombing in relation to the cultural beliefs and ritual practices associated with sacrifice. Before the war in Afghanistan began, the sacrificial killing of a sheep demonstrated a tribe's desire for peace. After the Soviet invasion of 1979, as thousands of people were killed, sacrifice took on new meanings. The dead were venerated as martyrs, but this informal conferral of status on the casualties of war soon became the foundation for a cult of martyrs exploited by political leaders for their own advantage.
Drawing on years of research in the region, Edwards traces the transformation of sacrifice using a wide range of sources, including the early poetry of jihad, illustrated martyr magazines, school primers and legal handbooks, martyr hagiographies, videos produced by suicide bombers, the manual of ritual instructions used by the 9/11 hijackers, and Facebook posts through which contemporary "Talifans" promote the virtues of self-destruction.

Hardback with jacket. B/w photographs.
Condition: As New

Author(s):
Edwards, David B
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
234 x 157 mm
Edition:
2017
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0520294793
ISBN-13:
9780520294790
Number of pages:
272
Publisher:
University of California Press
Title:
Caravan of Martyrs - Sacrifice and Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan.

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