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Understanding Suicide Terrorism

Understanding Suicide Terrorism
Psychosocial Dynamics

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Updesh Kumar - Scientist 'F' and Head, Mental Health Division, Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India
  • Manas K. Mandal - Director General (Life Sciences), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India

January 2019 | 304 pages | SAGE India

The book is a comprehensive compilation of articles by experts in the field of suicide terrorism from across the world and across disciplines with a focus on suicide missions. It provides an insightful perspective on suicide terror as a phenomenon and as a process, and suggests psychosocial pathways for understanding the enigma that suicide terror poses.

Understanding Suicide Terrorism delves upon the enigmatic issue of suicide terrorism. The book is an interdisciplinary multi-faceted venture that brings together scholarly work from across the world, across cultures and societies on the issue of suicide terror. The common thread weaving through all the articles is the notion of suicide terror as a complex phenomenon that defies easy explanation, prediction or controllability. Informed by theoretical stances of not only psychological sciences, but other social sciences like political science, criminology, military and sociology the book is an insightful reading.


Professor Ariel Merari
Swati Mukherjee, Updesh Kumar, and Manas K Mandal
Suicide Terrorism: Delineating the Construct
Luis de la Corte Ibáñez
Suicide Terrorism Explained: A Psychosocial Approach
James R. Liddle and Todd K Shackelford
Evolutionary Psychological Science of Suicide Terrorism
Jonathan Matusitz
Suicide Terrorism as Social Noise: A Communicative Perspective
Mark Dechesne
‘Mumbai Style’: Exploration of a Concept
Riaz Hassan
Suicide Bombing: Homicidal Killing or a Weapon of War?
Jerrold M. Post, Farhana Ali, Schuyler W. Henderson, Stephen Shanfield, Jeff Victoroff, and Stevan Weine
The Psychology of Suicide Terrorism
Anne Speckhard
The Militant Jihadi Ideology of Martyrdom as Short-lived Psychological First-Aid for Trauma and Loss
Bruce Bongar, Uri Kugel, and Victoria Kendrick
Are Suicide Terrorists Suicidal?
Uri Kugel, Laurie Black, Joseph Tomlins, Elvin Sheykhani, Bruce Bongar, Morgan Banks, and Larry James
The Role of Military Psychologists and Psychiatrists in Understanding Suicide Terrorism
Edna Erez and Anat Berko
The Use and Abuse of Children/Youth in Terrorism and Suicide Bombing
Dushyant Singh
Deterring Suicide Terrorism
Author Index
Subject Index

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ISBN: 9789351500346

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