Suicide Terrorism Sociology

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A long view of history reveals that suicide terrorism existed as early as the 11th century in Medal East. The Assassins (Ismalis-Nizari), Muslim fighters, adopted suicide terrorism as a strategy to advance the cause of Islam. These perpetrators perceived their deaths as acts of martyrdom for the glory of God (Debra 2004). Almost two centuries, from 1090 until 1273, the Order of Assassins played a singular and sinister role in the Middle East. A small Shiite sect more properly known as the Nizari Ismailis, the Assassins were relatively few, geographically dispersed, and despised as heretics by both the Sunni Muslim majority and even by most other Shiites, The Assassins’ aim, like that of Islamist extremists today, was to spread a “pure” version…show more content…
I believe that social environment such as family, school, religious gathering, and other social activities have a great impact on shaping individuals in the Middle East because they are more socialized than other societies, but they are more conservatives. Also religion is a part of their culture. Despite the fact that they are growing up in religious society. In other hand, humans in nature are free and they demand freedom and freedom does not exist in religious society. Moreover, justice and equality are other issues in the Middle Eastern societies. All these factors have a great role in shaping individual personalities which Maiese quoted from Jessica Stern in his research “terrorists are often individuals who feel deeply humiliated and confused about their future path, or are frustrated about the political climate in which they live” (Maiese 2005). Then Maiese explained that Humiliation, poverty, and hopelessness often give rise to a sense of outrage and desperation, which can be harnessed by extremist leaders to create support for a terrorist movement. For individuals who feel deeply alienated or desperate, martyrdom provides the ultimate escape from life's dilemmas (Maiese…show more content…
Also, they do not have enough experience. Molschky says “A large number of suicide bombers are women. Though Islamic women have very few rights other than the right to get arrested for adultery after getting raped, the right to receive a beating by their husbands, fathers or brothers, or the right to be murdered in an honor killing, for “suspiciously” talking on the phone, becoming “too Westernized,” or getting an education, one right their male counterparts freely grant them is the right to become suicide bombers. Yes, Muslim women are free to blow themselves up along with as many innocent victims as possible. And they do” (Moloschky 2013). Also, controlling women minds are much easier than men. Hence, women consider that suicide bombing has two benefits, first they can escape from their life; second, they believe that in paradise they will have better lives and they become virgin for other men. Then reaching women to the target much easier than men because hardly people accused women to participate in the terror action. According to Breslow report more than 12,000 foreign fighters from at least 81 countries stationed in Syria alone. Of that number, approximately 2,500 are from western nations, including the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany and Great Britain (Breslow 2014). All reports show that the westerner who join terrorist groups are mostly between ages 15 –

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