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  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace; paper edition (July 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601270046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601270047
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Brilliantly considered, crisply written, unsparing in its conclusions, Suicide Bombers in Iraq is an absolutely essential contribution to understanding the factions that are warring over the future of that shattered country, the region, and Islam.”

“Rich in information and balanced in comments, this volume helps understanding how terrorism and repression feeds each other, reducing the chances for a peaceful evolution in Iraq. Social movement theories help interpreting radicalization processes by focusing attention on the interaction between direct experiences with violence and sentiments of victimization. Hafez combines the analysis of macro-historical conditions, inter-organizational competition and individual paths into the underground, without loosing sight of the diverse strategies of both oppositional groups and state agencies.”

"It is hard to think of a more compelling question today in the international arena than the question of the who exactly is carrying out the suicide attacks in Iraq that have done so much to turn the country into a failing state. Mohammed Hafez has done the world a favor by producing this balanced, clearly written and well argued account of who the suicide attackers in Iraq are and why they are carrying our their deadly missions."

“Mohammed Hafez has produced a compelling book, which is both wide-ranging in debating the phenomemon of suicide bombing in Iraq and pertinent in terms of the future of this pivotal state in the Middle East. The work combines a forensic approach to the reasons why suicide bombings occur with an analysis of the myriad motives of the suicide bombers. This is a trenchant text for all who wish to understand the complex politics of Iraq.”

"No better or more detailed analysis exists in making sense of the raging violence within Iraq and the nature of the terrorists. Mohammed Hafez mastery of the Iraqi insurgency and who are the forces behind it is unrivaled. No one better explores in detail the issue of foreign fighters in Iraq and the local forces of the insurgency. This seminal work is essential reading for anyone wanting to truly understand what is going on in Iraq and why it is so intractable."

"Suicide Bombers in Iraq makes a signal contribution to the literature.  Hafez has written what is to date the most detailed and authoritative account of suicide terrorism's impact on Iraq along with its broader international implications. It is especially noteworthy for both its meticulous research and incisive analysis. Suicide Bombers in Iraq is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of the conflict in Iraq and the concomitant rise of this devastating tactic."

About the Author

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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 3, 2007
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Professor of political science Mohammed M. Hafez presents Suicide Bombers in Iraq: The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom, a scholarly evaluation of the all-too-real cruelty and tragedy of suicide bombing in Iraq. Suicide bombings in Iraq appear to be perpetrated largely by non-Iraqi volunteers from Saudi Arabia, Europe, Syria, Kuwait, Jordan, and North Africa, and the targets are generally either Iraqi security forces and Shia civilians rather than coalition forces. Suicide Bombers in Iraq meticulously dissects and deconstructs the methodologies used to justify suicide bombing and the sectarian equivalent of ethnic cleansing, and adds to the search for means to stem the tide of such attacks. In addition to current strategies, Professor Hafez also recommends a drive to delegitimize suicide bombings, directly attacking the ideological, theological, and other justifications that the masterminds of suicide bombings rely upon to recruit volunteers. Suicide Bombers in Iraq is entirely free of illusions - whether positive or negative - about the Iraq occupation, absolute "must-read" for anyone concerned about the future of Iraq.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zozobra on April 10, 2008
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Professor Hafez breaks down the complex system of Iraq and the insurgency there into a very readable and well organized analysis. I have read almost every book out there on suicide bombers and political violence and this is my favorite since the author takes the reader through a systematic understanding of the motivations behind the suicide bombers.
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By ameer on August 1, 2013
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Got what I saw, no tricks. Just what they said- a decent book but it was hard to understand for me
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Others have praised this book, and so do I. What I really liked about this book was the very detailed analysis that the author undertook in explaining the suicidal-martyr philosophy of the Salafis movement. The author hasn't just read two or three other books about Baathist terrorism and summarized them. One can tell from the in-depth analysis here that the author has sunk his hands deeply into the statistics-data pile in explaining whether the various suicide bombers are local or originate elsewhere. Before I read this book, I thought I pretty well understood the jihadist Salafi movement, but this book greatly enhanced my understanding. As the author reads Arabic, this enhances his understanding in how to explain the nuances of Salafism that most western pseudo-terrorists analysts can't research and thereby can't explain. Even if this book didn't discuss the Iraqi suicide-bombers, it would be worthwhile in reading just for its clear analysis of the theology of the jihadist Salafi suicide martyrs (and not just in Iraq, but throughout the Middle East).
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