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Making Sense of Suicide Missions

Diego Gambetta


This book attempts to shed light on suicide missions and provide answers to the questions we all ask. Are these the actions of aggressive religious zealots and unbridled, irrational radicals or is there a logic driving those behind them? Are their motivations religious or has Islam provided a language to express essentially political causes? How can the perpetrators remain so lucidly effective in the face of certain death? And do these disparate attacks have something like a common cause? It focuses on four main instances: the Kamikaze, missions carried out by the Tamil Tigers in the civil war ... More

Keywords: Kamikaze, Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Palestine, Middle East, al-Qaeda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276998
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diego Gambetta, author
Professor of Sociology and Official Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford
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