The faithless side of suicide bombing

Jun 06, 2011

Terrorist groups bend the rules of 'true' Islam to justify the use of female suicide bombers, according to Margaret Gonzalez-Perez from Southeastern Louisiana University in the US. Her paper traces the development of radical Islamic doctrine over time, highlights how it deviates from mainstream Islam, and identifies the building blocks that have culminated in Jihadi female suicide bombers. According to Gonzalez-Perez, "Radical Islam reinterprets, and even misinterprets Islamic jurisprudence, as a tool to legitimize female suicide bombers." Her findings are published online in Springer's journal, Gender Issues.

According to mainstream scholars of Islam, the Qur'an, the Hadith (traditions and practices of the ), and other principles of Shari'a (Islamic law) clearly condemn terrorist acts and oppose suicide operations. In order to justify , leaders of Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Al Qaeda have formulated their own interpretations of Islam, that are based more on military strategy than theology. This is particularly apparent in their attempts to portray female suicide bombing as consistent with Islamic doctrine, according to Gonzalez-Perez.

She identifies a two-stage radicalization process, the origins of which she traces back to the thirteenth century. The gradual radicalization of Islam began in the Middle Ages with some individuals claiming the right to interpret religious law and decide for themselves when war was justified. These ideas led to the justification of suicide bombers as a form of Islamic martyrdom under the interpretation of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini (1902-1989). Further radicalization enabled the justification of female suicide bombing. However, the Qur'an does not include women as soldiers and explicitly categorizes women and children as non-combatants. According to Gonzalez-Perez's analysis of the emergence in 2000, and rise since, of female suicide bombers, they are merely a military tactic, rather than a religious act.

In the author's view, terrorist groups recruit women by exploiting vulnerable females, including some with mental health issues and girls as young as 14. The common profile of female suicide bombers is that of a woman trying to survive in the aftermath of a war with no political, economic or social security. Understanding female suicide bombers, their motivations and their uses can be helpful in developing counter-terrorism strategies.

Gonzalez-Perez concludes: "The decidedly un-Islamic introduction of female suicide bombers is hardly surprising in current terrorist groups, for they simply reinterpret and manipulate religious doctrine to legitimize acts that are strategically and militarily utilitarian. Female suicide bombers are not Islamic martyrs nor any other manifestation of orthodox religious faith."

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More information: Gonzalez-Perez M (2011). The false islamization of female suicide bombers. Gender Issues, DOI 10.1007/s12147-011-9097-0

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ricarguy
1 / 5 (5) Jun 06, 2011
"According to mainstream scholars of Islam, the Qur'an, the Hadith (traditions and practices of the Prophet Muhammad), and other principles of Shari'a (Islamic law) clearly condemn terrorist acts and oppose suicide operations."

If this is true, why is there so little public condemnation in the Islamic world of violence, terrorist acts, and suicide bombings? As I understand it, most Muslim residents of America deny that Islamic terrorists had anything to do with 9/11! Sometimes people can choose to be blind in spite of overwhelming evidence if it might be embarrassing or inconvenient.
J-n
4.4 / 5 (7) Jun 06, 2011
As I understand it, most Muslim residents of America deny that Islamic terrorists had anything to do with 9/11!


You do realize that Fox News states that most of it's shows are not actually News but Infotainment. A lot like the Daily show.

In short I do not believe that you are correct even a little in the above quoted statement. I haven't been able to find any reports, surveys, ANYTHING to support your statement. Seems you've been lied to.
Nik_2213
1.8 / 5 (5) Jun 07, 2011
What has Fox News got to do with this ??
El_Nose
5 / 5 (3) Jun 07, 2011
he is critiziing your supposed source -- and backlashing at fox news at the same time -- it a loose correlation but its there.

If trusted sources such as fox news freely admits that many of its most watched shows are entertainment based on the news then getting information from a supposedly reliable channel is now unrealiable information as well.

is loose i know but i believe it is what he was trying to convey
J-n
5 / 5 (5) Jun 07, 2011
Yes i do apologize. I am aware that fox personalities like glen beck had stated things similar to what was suggested in the first post, I had felt that I should point out that these personalities are not newscasters but actors portraying a role, and making stuff up.

I apologize if Fox News was not the source of the "Facts" that were presented by the first poster.

My point is that the statement:
most Muslim residents of America deny that Islamic terrorists had anything to do with 9/11!

is a complete falsehood.
ricarguy
1.3 / 5 (4) Jun 08, 2011
Reply to above:
First is that my most important original point, questioning the lack of Muslim public criticism towards militant Islamic violence, was ignored. I still ask my open question.

Second point partially answers the first, and I cite the following.
http://m911t.blog...ect.html

The point of the above is that most don't seem to believe there is anything to condemn. To deny 9/11 despite the overwhelming evidence of who (the specific individuals), their histories, their affiliations, where, when, how... The prior attacks, again with all the above information... The admissions of the master-minds behind the attacks including statements by Bin Laden himself.

If these are the views of "moderate", American Muslims, that 9/11 is some sort of a U.S. government or other fabricated conspiracy, then the rest of America clearly has reason for concern. And what credibility does the US have with the rest of the Arab world? zero?
ricarguy
1.5 / 5 (4) Jun 08, 2011
To clarify, the Pew Research Center poll paints a largely positive picture of the American Muslim population. But the denial of 9/11 is a big concern.

"Relatively few Muslim Americans believe the U.S.-led war on terror is a sincere effort to reduce terrorism, and many doubt that Arabs were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Just 40% of Muslim Americans say groups of Arabs carried out those attacks."

http://pewforum.o...%29.aspx

In my opinion, there are few cases where the evidence is clearer or more available.

Extremists will never believe anything we can ever say or do if the moderates in our own country don't.
El_Nose
4.8 / 5 (5) Jun 09, 2011
"Relatively few Muslim Americans believe the U.S.-led war on terror is a sincere effort to reduce terrorism, and many doubt that Arabs were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Just 40% of Muslim Americans say groups of Arabs carried out those attacks."


look for thirty years Christians in America turned blind eye to the suicide bombing that CHRISTIANS were doing in Ireland in the 60's 70's 80's and up to the late 90's -- Protestant vs Catholic -- extremism -- they were blowing up elementary schools ... who were the targets children - this is terrorism - blowing up things to create fear and demoralize a population -- IMHO the Islamic extremists are just copying their Christian counterparts that thought it up first.

The only reason an American cares about this issue now is because an incedent happened on our soil. The fact that Islamic Americans are standing quiet on this is probably because they came to terms with this ideology decades ago and the public is just now catching up
ricarguy
1 / 5 (3) Jun 09, 2011
@ El Nose
#1, Two wrongs don't make a right.
#2, Do you mean to say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? I think no, but that argument is not a good one. "They did it too" is not an excuse for the wrongs of bombings, murder and terrorism. Everyone on all sides involved in violent acts are wrong, including Christians in Ireland or Tim McVeigh in Oklahoma some years ago. I doubt that admission makes you feel any better.

Honestly, it is clear that Muslims are proud people, as are we all. No one likes to be called out as having friends/colleagues/associates who are wrong and it's not easy to admit mistakes.

Back to my point, who do you say brought down the World Trade Center?
ricarguy
2 / 5 (2) Jun 09, 2011
What do you mean by "came to terms with this ideology"? The radical interpretation is well known and accepted? I don't understand.
Dr_B
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 12, 2011
Have you ever thought how many muslim countries are under fire and why? Palestine, kashmir?? for what?? Have you ever considered how many muslims are being killed EVERYDAY? You people only talk about 9/11. Whatabout this daily killing? How many innocent civilians are killed in Pakistan due to drone attacks?
Vendicar_Decarian
2 / 5 (2) Jun 12, 2011
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war." - Conservative American propagandist - Ann Coulter.
El_Nose
not rated yet Jun 13, 2011
The fact that Islamic Americans are standing quiet on this is probably because they came to terms with this ideology decades ago and the public is just now catching up


what did i mean by that --

well that one, we as Americans are basically uninterested in world affairs until we are made to pay attention to them, but many sub cultures in America do not have that luxury of being so uninformed.

So what i meant was that knowledge of terrorist activities in other countries [performed by members who profess the same faith as you is not news to you -- you may have kept up on that issue -- and had to come to terms with how to deal with the questions your friends and coworkers might place on you to answer. You think this poll was the first time that demographic has thought about that question? No- they came to terms with their own personal answer years ago.

did Christians all over the world come to terms with the IRA? were they asked this question? did US Christians even care?