ABSTRACT

Case Study: The Mythology of Martyrdom in Iraq   [open pdf - 170KB]

Through online video clips and biographies of suicide bombers, the jihadists in Iraq play on themes of humiliation, collusion, and redemption to demonize their enemies and motivate their cadres to make 'heroic' sacrifices. These emotive elements are intended to galvanize support not just from a narrow circle of activists, but from the broader Muslim public as well. "Martyrdom mythologies are not sufficient to explain all the suicide bombings in Iraq. However, ideology, religious framing, and emotional narratives help explain how jihadists deactivate self-inhibiting norms against murder and mayhem and allow them to appear as moral agents even when they are acting in immoral ways."

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2007-05
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Public Domain
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U.S. Department of State: http://usinfo.state.gov/
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Source:
Foreign Policy Agenda (May 2007), v.12 no.5
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