Islam and Suicide Attacks

Nanninga, P., 2019, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 85 p. (Elements in Religion and Violence)

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This Element explores the disputed relationship between Islam and suicide attacks. Drawing from primary source material as well as existing scholarship from fields such as terrorism studies and religious studies, it argues that Islam as a generic category is not an explanatory factor in suicide attacks. Rather, it claims that we need to study how organisations and individuals in their particular contexts draw tools such as Islamic martyrdom traditions, ritual practices and perceptions on honour and purity from their cultural repertoire to shape, justify and give meaning to the bloodshed.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages85
ISBN (Electronic)9781108670524
ISBN (Print)9781108712651
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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NameElements in Religion and Violence


  • Religion and violence, Islam, Suicide attacks, Jihadism, Terrorism, Martyrdom, Ritualization, al-Qaeda

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