Female Suicide Bombers
About the Book
Celebrated as liberators and martyrs by those who support their cause, denounced as terrorists by their opponents, suicide bombers have become all too common in violent conflicts worldwide. The female suicide bomber is a relative newcomer to the landscapes of war, but more and more women are being recruited for self-sacrifice.
This work discusses the history of suicide bombing and profiles the female suicide bomber. It raises the question of why women are increasingly used as bombers and explores the Western societal biases that tend to cast women in nonviolent roles. Battlegrounds discussed include Lebanon, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Chechnya, and Israel and Palestine. Because bombers do not operate as individuals but at the direction of organizations, this book also examines the organizations, their scope and training methods. It concludes with a discussion of strategies for the future and advocates continued human rights watch and continued global intervention.
About the Author(s)
The late Rosemarie Skaine was a sociologist and lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her writing interests included families and women’s issues.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, glossary, index
Copyright Date: 2006
Table of Contents
1. The Phenomenon of Suicide Bombing 7
2. The Female Suicide Bomber in Society 25
3. Freedom Fighters or Terrorists? 58
4. Middle East Conflicts in Lebanon and Turkey 73
5. The Conflict in Sri Lanka 85
6. The Chechen-Russian Conflict 97
7. The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 121
8. United States Policies and New Strategies 150
9. Analysis 166
Abbreviations and Glossary 173
Chapter Notes 175
Notes to the Tables 192
Book Reviews & Awards
“a heavily researched professional, serious-minded, and up-to-date treatment of a singularly serious topic”—Midwest Book Review; “informative”—www.readersreviews.com.