Book Review, J Def Stud Resour Manage Vol: 4 Issue: 1
On Suicide Bombing- By Talal Asad, Columbia University Press 2007, Pp. 128. ISBN: 0-231-14152-1
|Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI,USA|
|Corresponding author : Hoyoon Jung, PhD Candidate
Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA
|Received: November 19, 2015 Accepted: January 08, 2016 Published: January 15, 2016|
|Citation: Jung H (2016) On Suicide Bombing- By Talal Asad, Columbia University Press 2007, Pp. 128. ISBN: 0-231-14152-1. J Def Stud Resour Manage 4:1. doi:10.4172/2324-9315.1000126|
Many people seem to presume that the motivation for the current surge in brutal terrorism is associated with a religious factor—Islamic fundamentalism. This perceived connection has unleashed a wave of Islamophobia, particularly in Western societies . However, Talal Asad’s concise but thought-provoking book challenges that widespread assumption. Asad asks in his introduction: “Is there a religiously motivated terrorism? If so, how does it differ from other cruelties? What makes its motivation—as opposed to the simple intent to kill— religious? Where does it stand in relation to other forms of collective violence? How is the image of the suicide bomber, bringing death to himself and others, addressed by Christians and post-Christians?” (p. 1). Asad then proceeds to address these questions, while protecting against possible misinterpretation by indicating that he does not intend to provide moral justification for terrorist atrocities.