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The Resource Caravan of martyrs : sacrifice and suicide bombing in Afghanistan, David B. Edwards

Caravan of martyrs : sacrifice and suicide bombing in Afghanistan, David B. Edwards

Label
Caravan of martyrs : sacrifice and suicide bombing in Afghanistan
Title
Caravan of martyrs
Title remainder
sacrifice and suicide bombing in Afghanistan
Statement of responsibility
David B. Edwards
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Caravan of Martyrs, David Edwards argues that we need to understand the rise of suicide bombing in relation to the cultural beliefs and ritual practices associated with sacrifice. Before the war in Afghanistan began, the sacrificial killing of a sheep demonstrated a tribe's desire for peace. After the Soviet invasion of 1979, as thousands of people were killed, sacrifice took on new meanings. The dead were venerated as martyrs, but this informal conferral of status on the casualties of war soon became the foundation for a cult of martyrs exploited by political leaders for their own advantage. This first repurposing of the machinery of sacrifice set in motion a process of mutation that would lead nineteen Arabs who had received their training in Afghanistan to hijack airplanes on September 11 and that would in time transform what began as an Afghan-centered cult of martyrs into the transnational scattering of suicide bombers that haunts our world today. Drawing on years of research in the region, Edwards traces the transformation of sacrifice using a wide range of sources, including the early poetry of jihad, illustrated martyr magazines, school primers and legal handbooks, martyr hagiographies, videos produced by suicide bombers, the manual of ritual instructions used by the 9/11 hijackers, and Facebook posts through which contemporary 'Talifans' promote the virtues of self-destruction"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
CU-S/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Edwards, David B
Dewey number
297.7/209581
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BP190.5.M3
LC item number
E39 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Martyrdom
  • Sacrifice
  • Suicide bombings
Label
Caravan of martyrs : sacrifice and suicide bombing in Afghanistan, David B. Edwards
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-253) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sacrifice -- Honor -- Martyrdom -- Virtue and vice -- Fedayeen -- Suicide bombing -- Selfies-- The widening gyre -- Afghan chronology (1964-2015)
Control code
ocn960106619
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 272 pages
Isbn
9780520294790
Lccn
2016045206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o960106619
  • (OCoLC)960106619
Label
Caravan of martyrs : sacrifice and suicide bombing in Afghanistan, David B. Edwards
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-253) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sacrifice -- Honor -- Martyrdom -- Virtue and vice -- Fedayeen -- Suicide bombing -- Selfies-- The widening gyre -- Afghan chronology (1964-2015)
Control code
ocn960106619
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 272 pages
Isbn
9780520294790
Lccn
2016045206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o960106619
  • (OCoLC)960106619

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