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The Missing Martyrs: Why Are There So Few Muslim Terrorists?

Charles Kurzman


Why are there so few Muslim terrorists? With more than a billion Muslims in the world—many of whom supposedly hate the West and ardently desire martyrdom—why don’t we see terrorist attacks every day? Where are the missing martyrs? Such questions may seem counterintuitive, in light of the death and devastation that terrorists have wrought around the world. But the scale of violence, outside of several civil war zones, has been far lower than the waves of attacks that the world feared in the wake of 9/11. Terrorists’ own publications complain about the failure of Muslims to join their cause. Thi ... More

Keywords: terrorism, Islam, Muslims, extremism, radical sheik, liberal Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190907976
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190907976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Kurzman, author
Professor, UNC