Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists

Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists

Missing Martyrs Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists Why are there so few Muslim terrorists With than a billion Muslims in the world many of whom supposedly hate the West and ardently desire martyrdom why don t we see terrorist attacks every day Where a

  • Title: Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists
  • Author: Charles Kurzman
  • ISBN: 9780199766871
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Why are there so few Muslim terrorists With than a billion Muslims in the world many of whom supposedly hate the West and ardently desire martyrdom why don t we see terrorist attacks every day Where are the missing martyrs In this startlingly counterintuitive book, a leading authority on Islamic movements demonstrates that terrorist groups are thoroughly marginalWhy are there so few Muslim terrorists With than a billion Muslims in the world many of whom supposedly hate the West and ardently desire martyrdom why don t we see terrorist attacks every day Where are the missing martyrs In this startlingly counterintuitive book, a leading authority on Islamic movements demonstrates that terrorist groups are thoroughly marginal in the Muslim world Charles Kurzman draws on government sources, public opinion surveys, election results, and in depth interviews with Muslims in the Middle East and around the world He finds that young Muslims are indeed angry with what they see as imperialism and especially at Western support for local dictatorships But revolutionary Islamists have failed to reach them, as can be seen from the terrorists own websites and publications, which constantly bemoan the dearth of willing recruits Kurzman notes that it takes only a small cadre of committed killers to wreak unspeakable havoc But that very fact underscores his point As easy as terrorism is to commit, few Muslims turn to violence Out of 140,000 murders in the United States since 9 11, Islamist terrorists have killed at most three dozen people Of the 150,000 people who die each day, worldwide, Islamist militants account for fewer than fifty fatalities and only ten per day outside of the hotspots of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan The real bulwark against Islamist violence, Kurzman finds, is Muslims themselves, who reject both the goals of the terrorists and their bloody means With each bombing, the terrorists lose support among Muslims Incisive and authoritative, The Missing Martyrs provides much needed corrective to deep seated and destructive misconceptions about Muslims and the Islamic world The threat of Islamist terrorism is real, Kurzman shows, but its dimensions are, so far, tightly confined.

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    The author is a sociologist who has done research in Iran, but this book is accessible to anyone, regardless of one's knowledge of sociology, Islam, or the Middle East.The book explores why there are not more Muslim terrorists. An assumption held by many non-Muslims, and actively advanced by some, is the idea that Islam is inherently violent and its doctrines compel its followers to wage war against non-Muslims. In advancing this notion, some people cherry pick Quranic verses and ahadith to adva [...]

    Kurzman's look at Islam and Islamist terrorism is a much needed book in today's climate of fear, paranoia, and misinformation. As the title would suggest, he begins with the common American assumption that violence and hatred of the West are somehow inherent in the DNA of Islam and then, looking at the actual statistics, asks, "Why are there so few Muslim terrorists?" If the commonly held ideas linking terrorism and violence with Islam are accurate one would expect that with a billion Muslims in [...]

    Some useful (for me anyway) historical background on issues such as how Taliban and Bin Laden felt about each other, overlap and conflict in their priorities and methods, rivalries, etc.Beyond that, I had some trouble getting into the motivating premise of the book, that it's a surprise (from the vantage point of what he takes to be typical American perspective) that there are so few terrorists relative to how many Muslims they are. As I read, I kept involuntarily humming Anne Murray's "A Little [...]

    I picked this book up out of idle curiosity, and was blown away. Anyone with the vaguest interest in the "War on Terror" or American foreign relations with Muslim states should read it.The basic premise is an analysis of why, despite wide-spread anti-American feelings in the Middle East, there are statistically so very few Muslim terrorists. Kurzman is an expert on Iranian politics and culture, and he uses Iran quite often as a gauge on anti-American feeling.But this book isn't just about that b [...]

    Rather than the typical question of 'why re there so many Muslim terrorists?" Kurzman seeks to ask the opposite; why aren't there more Muslim terrorists? He argues that an understanding of the Middle East shows that people simply don't support violent political Islam - and never really did.

    Written pre-Isis, so some of its accuracy has decreased. Poses some interesting questions and raises some interesting points.

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