The Shahids: Islam and Suicide Attacks.

Author:Rhodes, Fred
Position::Brief article - Book review
 
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THE SHAHIDS ISLAM AND SUICIDE ATTACKS By Shaul Shay published by Transaction Publishers ISBN 0 7658 0250 price $39.95 hardback

Since the early 1980s, the world has witnessed many instances of the grotesque instrument of suicide bombings, spreading death, destruction, and fear. It is, therefore, essential to understand the terrorist organisations that adopt this method of waging war. This book is a timely investigation into this subject.

As Shay notes, suicide terror is not a new phenomenon, nor is it entirely located within the Muslim extremist culture. Two of the most prominent victims of suicide bombings were Rajiv Gandhi, a former prime minister of India, killed in 1991 by a Tamil female bomber during a political...

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