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Type: Journal article
Title: Homicide bombers: Life as a weapon
Author: Khan, M.
Goldney, R.
Hassan, R.
Citation: Asian Journal of Social Science, 2010; 38(3):481-484
Publisher: National University of Singapore, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1568-4849
1568-5314
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Khan Murad M., Goldney Robert and Hassan Riaz
Abstract: In the last three decades, the media, the general public and the scientific community have used the words 'suicide bomber' to describe the deaths of those who kill others while at the same time dying themselves. This is, in fact, not suicide, but the deliberate death of others, the death of the perpetrator being incidental to the act, rather than suicidal. We believe that better words to describe such acts are 'homicide bombing/bombers.' By the use of 'homicide bomber,' a gradual change in the worldwide interpretation and acceptability of these acts may occur. We offer this conceptualisation for further discussion and debate.
Keywords: suicide; suicide bombers; homicide; terrorism; altruistic; martyrdom
Rights: © 2010 Publishing Technology. Article copyright remains with the publisher, society or author(s) as specified within the article.
RMID: 0020098070
DOI: 10.1163/156853110X499981
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