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Understanding suicide attack: weapon of the weak or crime against humanity

Md , Yousuf Ali (2011) Understanding suicide attack: weapon of the weak or crime against humanity. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, 10 (30). pp. 236-257. ISSN 1583-0039

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Suicide attack has become a dangerous trend in the contemporary history of some Asian societies. While it has been used by some people as a means of protest, it has been largely rejected by humanity for its severe debilitating effects. Instances of suicide attack can be found in the contexts of the Israel-Palestine conflict, September 11 attacks, Bali bombing, Sunni-Shiite disagreement, struggle of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, as well as the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan by foreign powers. The recent contours of suicide attacks are basically largely related to various groups or organizations. The paper therefore examines the meaning, brief history, and the causes of suicide attack, and analyzes these within the purview of contemporary Islamic thought which is based on the textual arguments of the Qur'an and Sunnah. The paper concludes that though a tiny fraction of the whole Muslim spectrum tries to justify the suicide attack as a “weapon of the weak”, the majority of the Muslim scholars has viewed it as a crime against humanity and therefore vehemently rejects this practice in any form.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2299/8149
Uncontrolled Keywords: Suicide attack, Muslim, Islam, Asia, Middle East, Culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Assistant Professor MD YOUSUF ALI YOUSUF
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2011 11:36
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2013 12:30
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/8149

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