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Islamikaze : manifestations of Islamic martyrology
Israeli, Raphael.
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London ; Portland, OR : Frank Cass, 2003.
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494 pages ; 24 cm

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Raphael Israeli's overview of Islamic martyrology focuses upon the situation that has developed worldwide since the World Trade Centre was destroyed. His thesis is that a sea-change has occurred in international terrorism that supersedes all other perspectives.

Author Notes

Raphael Israeli was born in Morocco, and immigrated to Israel as a young boy. He graduated from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in History and Arabic Language (1963), and worked as an Intelligence Officer in the Israeli Army until 1968. He then read for an MA in East Asian History at the University of California, Berkeley (1970); followed by a PhD in Chinese and Islamic Studies at the same institution (1974). This was followed by an appointment as Lecturer (then Professor) of Chinese History and Islamic Civilization at the Hebrew University. He is currently the Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern History at this university

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Combining his expertise as an intelligence officer in the Israeli Army and his knowledge as an American academician, Israeli (Hebrew Univ.) purportedly knows his religious and ideological adversaries around the world. Similarly, as a typical Western Orientalist, the author examined words and deeds of the Islamists, including a non-Muslim secular leader such as Abu Mazen (former Palestinian prime minister) and assumed that all Muslims are "Jew-haters" and "Holocaust denier." On the central theme of doctrines of "Islamic Jihad" and "martyrdom"--relating the phenomenon of the rise in the trend of "suicide-bombing" within the Israeli-Palestine conflict and beyond and terming it "Islamikaze bombing,"--the author heavily relied on subjective interpretations of Islamic understanding of religious wars and martyrdom. Ignoring the vital historical, sociopolitical, and economic factors, the author hardly could find any impartial, credible, and objective answers to the clashes between the Western and Muslim world. Israeli has portrayed the preemptive global war against "Islamic terrorism" led by the US president as primarily an extension of Israeli religio-ideological battles against Arab and Muslims. He focused his expertise as an intelligence officer with in-depth research on the metamorphosis of US-Arab relations between pre- and post-Cold War periods. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Researchers and faculty. M. A. Khan Emory University

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. 1
Introductionp. 3
1. Sampling Muslim Reactions to the New York and Washington Horrorsp. 11
2. Muslim Terminology and World of Discoursep. 33
3. Fida'l, Shahid and Islamikazep. 71
4. The Doctrine of Islamikazep. 99
5. Friends and Foes: Interpretations and Misinterpretationsp. 123
6. Champions of Islamikaze: Their Admirers and (Muted) Detractorsp. 173
7. Identifying the Enemy: Domestic and Externalp. 225
8. The Jews, Zionism and Israel: An Evil Unto Itselfp. 281
9. The Western War Against Islamikazep. 345
10. Conclusions and Prospectsp. 415
Bibliographyp. 463
Indexp. 471