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Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making of Palestinian Suicide Bombers (Perspectives Series) Paperback – January, 2006


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  • Series: Perspectives Series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace (January 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929223722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929223725
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mohammed Hafez is a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. A grantee of the United States Institute of Peace and a former Guggenheim Foundation fellow and USIA fellow, his previous publications include Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World (2003).

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Knowledgeably written by Mohammed M. Hafez (Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Kansas City) Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making Of Palestinian Suicide Bombers is an insightful and chilling study of the Palestinian suicide bombers during the Al-Aqsa intifada that began in the year 2000 and continues to be a primary weapon among Islamic fundamentalists. Providing western readers with an in-depth understanding of the deaths, war, killings, and reasoning and rationale to these terrifying and seemingly indiscriminate attacks, Manufacturing Human Bombs creates an intricate detailing of Middle East mentality, lifestyle, honor, and progression of those who elect to become suicide bombers and those who elect to employ them. Manufacturing Human Bombs is very highly recommended reading to all students of the Middle Eastern culture, the suicidal extremes of the bombers themselves, the attitudes of the victimized society that breeds them, and the issues surrounding phenomena of suicide bombers in countries such as Iraq, Israel, Chechnya, and Afghanistan.
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Knowledgeably written by Mohammed M. Hafez (Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Kansas City) Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making Of Palestinian Suicide Bombers is an insightful and chilling study of the Palestinian suicide bombers during the Al-Aqsa intifada that began in the year 2000 and continues to be a primary weapon among Islamic fundamentalists. Providing western readers with an in-depth understanding of the deaths, war, killings, and reasoning and rationale to these terrifying and seemingly indiscriminate attacks, Manufacturing Human Bombs creates an intricate detailing of Middle East mentality, lifestyle, honor, and progression of those who elect to become suicide bombers and those who elect to employ them. Manufacturing Human Bombs is very highly recommended reading to all students of the Middle Eastern culture, the suicidal extremes of the bombers themselves, the attitudes of the victimized society that breeds them, and the issues surrounding phenomena of suicide bombers in countries such as Iraq, Israel, Chechnya, and Afghanistan.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on November 24, 2010
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"Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making of Palestinian Suicide Bombers" by Mohammed Hafez, 2006, English, paperback, 125 pgs. 75 pages of commentary, 20 pages of appendices, 25 pages of endnotes, index. Chapter contents: (1) Explanations of suicide Terrorism; (2) Palestinian Suicide Bombings since 1993; (3) Organizational Motives: The strategic logic of insurgent groups; (4) Individual Motives: the redemptive logic of suicide bombers; (5) Societal Motives: the logic of communities in conflict; (6) Policy Implications; Appendices: (A): Palestinian suicide Bombings since 1993; (B) Selected Wills and Testaments of 4 suicide bombers; (c) Profiles of Palestinian Groups That Deploy Suicide Bombers. Unlike the NYC 9/11 airplane hijackers, the author notes that Palestinian shahid (suicide martyr) were young, uneducated , unmarried and unemployed (p. xi). But "for both groups it was the leaders, not the bombers themselves, who had made the strategic decision about the value of suicide terrorism". The author noted that in Palestine: "intense feelings of victimization underpin societal support for suicide bombings." The author notes the Quranic-religious injunctions for jihad operations (p. 36-40). In his Appendix A, the author provides an informative chart detailing data regarding 100 shahid operations in Israel, Gaza & the West Bank: the dates of suicide bombings, which group claimed responsibility, the number of bombers, the number of those killed and wounded, the names of the shahid, and their ages (where known). The author provides yearly polls of Palestinian support of shahid missions between 1996-2004 (70%). The author provides in Chart 3: "Successful Suicide Bombings, by Group (Oct. 2000-Dec.Read more ›
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