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Author: Talal Asad
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007.
Series: Wellek Library lectures at the University of California, Irvine.
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For many non-Muslims, "the suicide bomber" quickly became the icon of "an Islamic culture of death" – a conceptual leap the author finds problematic. Is there a "religiously-motivated terrorism?" If so, how does it differ from other cruelties? What makes its motivation "religious"? Where does it stand in relation to other forms of collective violence? Drawing on his extensive scholarship in the study of secular and  Read more...
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Title: On suicide bombing /
Database Name: WorldCat
All Authors / Contributors: Talal Asad
ISBN: 0231141521; 0231511973; 9780231141529; 9780231511971
Notes: Bibliography: Bibliogr.: p. 97-120.
Content: Terrorism -- Suicide terrorism -- Horror at suicide terrorism.
Description: 128 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Terrorism -- Suicide terrorism -- Horror at suicide terrorism.
Responsibility: Talal Asad.
Year: ©2007.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press,
Standard Numbers: LCCN: 2006030533; National Library: FRBNF41002731000000X; National Library: 013688867
Class Descriptors: LC Class No.: HV6431; Dewey No.: 363.325
Series: Wellek Library lectures; Variation: Wellek Library lectures at the University of California, Irvine.
OCLC No.: 182614811

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For many non-Muslims, "the suicide bomber" quickly became the icon of "an Islamic culture of death" – a conceptual leap the author finds problematic. Is there a "religiously-motivated terrorism?" If so, how does it differ from other cruelties? What makes its motivation "religious"? Where does it stand in relation to other forms of collective violence? Drawing on his extensive scholarship in the study of secular and religious traditions as well as his understanding of social, political, and anthropological theory and research, the author questions Western assumptions regarding death and killing. He scrutinizes the idea of a "clash of civilizations," the claim that "Islamic jihadism" is the essence of modern terror, and the arguments put forward by liberals to justify war in our time. He examines a range of explanations of suicide terrorism, exploring many writers' preoccupation with the motives of perpetrators.
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Provocative. -- Jonathan Shainin Bookforum Asad's book is valuable because the legal distinctions he is challenging are especially vulnerable now. -- Samantha Power The New York Times Book Review

 
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