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Martyrs offers compelling and chilling interviews with terrorist trainers, with the families of suicide bombers, fighters and fanatics, and with Muslim scholars offering differing opinions on the legitimacy of violence in Islam. Through the voices of those who plan and those who grieve, Martyrs provides provocative and troubling insights into the zealotry that leads to the Martyrs offers compelling and chilling interviews with terrorist trainers, with the families of suicide bombers, fighters and fanatics, and with Muslim scholars offering differing opinions on the legitimacy of violence in Islam. Through the voices of those who plan and those who grieve, Martyrs provides provocative and troubling insights into the zealotry that leads to the targeting of innocents, the endless cycle of revenge, and the despair that besets the Middle East. From Iran to Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, Joyce Davis reports on the rage that drives tragedies and at the despondency of the mothers of those who die and kill. Unsettling as the perspectives presented here may be, they are crucial to understanding, though not accepting, the fury at and resentment of the US.


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Martyrs offers compelling and chilling interviews with terrorist trainers, with the families of suicide bombers, fighters and fanatics, and with Muslim scholars offering differing opinions on the legitimacy of violence in Islam. Through the voices of those who plan and those who grieve, Martyrs provides provocative and troubling insights into the zealotry that leads to the Martyrs offers compelling and chilling interviews with terrorist trainers, with the families of suicide bombers, fighters and fanatics, and with Muslim scholars offering differing opinions on the legitimacy of violence in Islam. Through the voices of those who plan and those who grieve, Martyrs provides provocative and troubling insights into the zealotry that leads to the targeting of innocents, the endless cycle of revenge, and the despair that besets the Middle East. From Iran to Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, Joyce Davis reports on the rage that drives tragedies and at the despondency of the mothers of those who die and kill. Unsettling as the perspectives presented here may be, they are crucial to understanding, though not accepting, the fury at and resentment of the US.

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    Margaret Sankey

    Davis focuses on individual interviews with the families of suicide bombers--the mothers, brothers, ex-husbands and friends of people who have, in the conflicts in Israel, Lebanon and Iran, killed themselves as a tactic of terror and destruction. Davis sits somewhere between Bloom and Victor, that the perpetrators of these acts made the choice to do it, but that there are significant social and cultural factors that allow pressure to be brought to bear by their handlers and recruiters to coerce Davis focuses on individual interviews with the families of suicide bombers--the mothers, brothers, ex-husbands and friends of people who have, in the conflicts in Israel, Lebanon and Iran, killed themselves as a tactic of terror and destruction. Davis sits somewhere between Bloom and Victor, that the perpetrators of these acts made the choice to do it, but that there are significant social and cultural factors that allow pressure to be brought to bear by their handlers and recruiters to coerce them.

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