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Victor, after interviewing imprisoned would-be suicide bombers and the surviving families of those who completed their missions, arrives at the far end of the spectrum of explanation--that the women who do this are fundamentally damaged in some way. While male suicide bombers express religious excitement, the women have been manipulated or broken down in some fundamental way--they're divorced for infertility, accused of adultery, molested by family members, humiliated at a checkpoint, some exter...
I read this book cover to cover and went back to it several times because of the ethnographic fieldwork and the interviews with the families of the most prominent suicide bombers. However, Barbara Victor makes several false/derogatory statements on the role of martyrdom and suicide bombings in Islam. I believe that Victor does not mean to be Islamaphobic in her claims as other Western academics, journalists and analysts are, but rather is extremely uneducated on Islamic jurisprudence on suicide
This book was absolutely terrible. It was grossly inaccurate -- especially with respect to Islam. The author actually stated that martyrdom is one of the five pillars of Islam! (p. 184) She confuses the word 'shahaada' (the first pillar of Islam, which refers to the declaration of faith: "I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad (S) is his messenger") with 'shaheed' (which translates to 'martyr', or one who sacrifices himself in defense of one's country or religion).The b...
Here I read the intimate personal histories of the first five female bombers who have succeeded in blowing themselves up, as well as the troubling stories of some of those who've tried and failed. The author reveals not only the crushing poverty and religious zealotry that one might suspect as motivating factors in their fall, but also a startling emotional component to their death wishes: their broken dreams and blighted inner lives. She writes about, without dismissing or diminishing the horro...
Excellent look at the psychology of the Palestinian female suicide bomber along with a dissection of the different Palestinian organisations.
Perempuan selalu menarik untuk ditulis. Konflik Palestina-Israel tak habis untuk ditulis (juga tak habis menghias media massa. Bagaimana bila kedua hal tersebut menjadi satu? Buku ini jawabannya. Sebuah buku yang cukup emosional dan sarat fakta.Army of Roses alias Pasukan Mawar, adalah sebutan Yasser Arafat untuk perempuan pelaku bom syahid. PAda 27 Januari 2002, perlawanan rakyat Palestina terhadap penjajah Israel memasuki babak baru; majunya perempuan sebagai bom syahid. Wafa Idris, perawat da...
Kenapa saya hanya memberi satu bintang untuk buku ini...?? Ketika membaca sinopsisnya di sampul belakang buku, saya merasa tertarik denagn buku ini, karena itu saya membelinya. Syahid merupakan perjuangan tertinggi dalam agama islam. Yang saya bayangkan ketika seorang perempuan memilih meledakkan dirinya untuk merugikan para penjajah negerinya sebanyak mungkin adalah perempuan tersebut telah melalui saat-saat merenung, berpikir dan mencapai iman yang tertinggi. Namun yang saya dapatkan justru se...
A careful and considered look at the psychology of exploitation of vulnerable members of society for the political goals of others. One after another is sent on the path of ultimate self-sacrifice for reasons that have virtually nothing to do with the Israeli-Palistinian conflict, but more to do with ruthless exploitation of their psychological and family problems. Victor gives us a glimpse of a little-known world and its internal dynamics. This volume has been out for some time now, but I doubt...
This book tells the story of the women who died for reasons that go beyond the liberation of Palestine.It's interesting to read about how far a person can be pushed when she is convinced she has nothing to lose.
This book is too simple for such a hard topic. Basically the author only outlines who the known women are - but is unable to give us more information.
This is a book about women suicide bombers that describes their reasons as well as lives. A must read for anyone interested in the Middle East!
perspektif barat mengenai fenomena pasukan syahid wanita. hmm....sangat kritis
A brilliant, amazing and devastating look at a culture which has embraced death, due to political oppression, religious oppression and hopelessness. Heart breaking.
nice to read, nice to let us know what happened there, honestly can't believe in that case 100% sure. but nice writing.^_^
sedikit banyak menjadi tahu latar belakang secara fisik (kondisi dan situasi sekitar) dan psikis dari para perempuan gerilyawan bom bunuh diri Palestina.
Keren. Wanita muslimah harusnya bisa menjadi aisyah, bukan hanya bercita-cita jadi khadijah.
Fascinating book on female suicide bombers.