Suicide Terrorists and Terrorism: A Suicidologist Critically Reviews the Research


Series: Terrorism, Hot Spots and Conflict-Related Issues
BISAC: POL037000
DOI: 10.52305/ZFUN3821

There has never been a thorough review of the research and speculation on suicide terrorism. The author has read roughly 600 articles on suicide terrorism for this book. 250 are cited because they had something to offer. 350 are listed separately as a reference source for others.

There have been almost no experts on suicide writing on the topic. The author found only three articles on suicide terrorism in suicidology or death journals. Those writing on suicide terrorism have little or no expertise in the field of suicidology. This review is written by a suicidologist. For example, writers on suicide terrorism never cite work on suicide in the oppressed, imitation and contagion effects in suicide, typologies of suicidal behavior, or mass murder. (The present author has written a book on mass murder and published research on mass murder in addition to his extensive work on suicide.)

The book starts with introductory chapters on suicide and mass murder to provide a setting for the review.

The book is a critical review and so will be provocative. All the speculations are mentioned, and the research is reviewed and, if appropriate, critiqued.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part 1: Background

Chapter 1. Is Suicide Terrorism Really Suicide?

Chapter 2. Mass Murder

Chapter 3. Oppression and Suicide

Chapter 4. Typologies of Suicide

Chapter 5. Imitation and Contagion

Chapter 6. Martyrdom and Altruistic Suicide

Chapter 7. Comments on this Background

Part 2: Suicide Terrorists and Suicide Terrorism

Chapter 8. A Review of Speculations

Chapter 9. Female Suicide Terrorists

Chapter 10. Psychological Research on Suicide Terrorists

Chapter 11. Sociological Research on Suicide Terrorists

Chapter 12. Integrated Approaches

Chapter 13. Is it Possible to Profile Suicide Terrorists?

Part 3: Conclusions

Chapter 14. A Critique of the Research

Chapter 15. What Have We Learned about Suicide Terrorists?


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