The Missing Martyrs: Why Are There So Few Muslim Terrorists?

The Missing Martyrs: Why Are There So Few Muslim Terrorists?[Ebook] ➦ The Missing Martyrs: Why Are There So Few Muslim Terrorists? By Charles Kurzman – Heartforum.co.uk Why are there so few Muslim terrorists With than a billion Muslims in the world many of whom supposedly hate the West and ardently desire martyrdom why don t we see terrorist attacks every day Where a Why Martyrs: Why Are There Epub / are there so few Muslim Martyrs: Why PDF Å terrorists With than a billion Muslims in The Missing PDF or the world many of whom supposedly hate the West and ardently desire martyrdom why Missing Martyrs: Why PDF/EPUB è don t we see terrorist attacks every day Where are the missing martyrs These questions may seem counterintuitive, in light of the death and devastation that terrorists have wrought around the world But the scale of violence, outside of civil war zones, has been far lower than the waves of attacks that the world feared in the wake of Terrorists own publications complain about Muslims failure to join their cause The Missing Martyrs draws on government sources and revolutionary publications, public opinion surveys and election results, historical documents and in depth interviews with Muslims in the Middle East and around the world to examine barriers to terrorist recruitment, including liberal Islam, revolutionary rivalries, and an inelastic demand for US foreign policy This revised edition, updated to include the self proclaimed Islamic State, concludes that fear of terrorism should be brought into alignment with the actual level of threat, and that government policies and public opinion should be based on evidence rather than alarmist hyperbole.

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    The Missing Martyrs: Why Are There So Few Muslim questions may seem counterintuitive, in light of the death and devastation that terrorists have wrought around the world But the scale of violence, outside of civil war zones, has been far lower than the waves of attacks that the world feared in the wake of Terrorists own publications complain about Muslims failure to join their cause The Missing Martyrs draws on government sources and revolutionary publications, public opinion surveys and election results, historical documents and in depth interviews with Muslims in the Middle East and around the world to examine barriers to terrorist recruitment, including liberal Islam, revolutionary rivalries, and an inelastic demand for US foreign policy This revised edition, updated to include the self proclaimed Islamic State, concludes that fear of terrorism should be brought into alignment with the actual level of threat, and that government policies and public opinion should be based on evidence rather than alarmist hyperbole."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 264 pages
  • The Missing Martyrs: Why Are There So Few Muslim Terrorists?
  • Charles Kurzman
  • 06 July 2019
  • 0190907975

10 thoughts on “The Missing Martyrs: Why Are There So Few Muslim Terrorists?

  1. Tim says:

    The author is a sociologist who has done research in Iran, but this book is accessible to anyone, regardless of one s knowledge of sociology, Islam, or the Middle East.The book explores why there are notMuslim terrorists An assumption held by many non Muslims, and actively advanced by some, is the idea that Islam is inherently violent and its doctrines compel its followers to wage war against non Muslims In advancing this notion, some people cherry pick Quranic verses and ahadith to adva The author is a sociologist who has done research in Iran, but this book is accessible to anyone, regardless of one s knowledge of sociology, Islam, or the Middle East.The book explores why there are notMuslim terrorists An assumption held by many non Muslims, and actively advanced by some, is the idea that Islam is inherently violent and its doctrines compel its followers to wage war against non Muslims In advancing this notion, some people cherry pick Quranic verses and ahadith to advance the notion that terrorism is ideologically rooted in Islam These facts can seem like plausible explanations to many, because they appear to offer an easy explanation for why many of the most horrific terror attacks of the last few decades have been perpetrated by Muslims But, if those who argue that Islam is an ideological foundation for terror were even close to being correct, given that there are about a billion Muslims in this world, then it seems likely that we would have seen farterror attacks in recent years Kurzman inquires into why that has not happened.Rather than engage in a discussion of theology or Islamic jurisprudence, Kurzman focuses on the religious views of individuals who have conducted terror attacks and the religious views of other Muslims of various backgrounds What he finds is that many perpetrators of terror attacks do not hold views that the ideological leaders of various terror movements would approve of He also finds that most Muslims disagree with the ideology that most terrorist leaders espouse.But this book isthan an argument against the notion that Muslims are terrorists Kurzman also explores how attitudes and ideology are impacted by US foreign policy In short not very much He explains why Muslim attitudes toward the US are inelastic largely unchanging regardless of our foreign policy.This book is a badly needed counterpoint to the vicious slander that passes for public discourse today on religion in America Rather than arguing what the Quran does or does not say, Kurzman chooses to inquire into what Muslims actually believe Rather than assume that America is to blame for any ill will, he explores why others dislike us and finds it to be a farcomplex issue that cannot be explained away by criticizing US foreign policy

  2. William says:

    Kurzman s look at Islam and Islamist terrorism is a much needed book in today s climate of fear, paranoia, and misinformation As the title would suggest, he begins with the common American assumption that violence and hatred of the West are somehow inherent in the DNA of Islam and then, looking at the actual statistics, asks, Why are there so few Muslim terrorists If the commonly held ideas linking terrorism and violence with Islam are accurate one would expect that with a billion Muslims in Kurzman s look at Islam and Islamist terrorism is a much needed book in today s climate of fear, paranoia, and misinformation As the title would suggest, he begins with the common American assumption that violence and hatred of the West are somehow inherent in the DNA of Islam and then, looking at the actual statistics, asks, Why are there so few Muslim terrorists If the commonly held ideas linking terrorism and violence with Islam are accurate one would expect that with a billion Muslims in the world terrorists and terrorism would be farcommon.The book delves into recently gathered data to examine attitudes, opinion, and voting patterns in Muslim majority nations to answer the question Kurzman shows a disconnect between animosity toward the West or toward America and a willingness to commit radical acts The book examines the many facets of radical Islam and its contrast with the growing prevalence of liberal Islamist views in the Muslim world Kurzman also looks at the relationship between US foreign policy and attitudes toward the US and offers helpful ideas in regard to what the US can do to improve relations with Muslims and promote Liberalism in Muslim nations

  3. David says:

    Some useful for me anyway historical background on issues such as how Taliban and Bin Laden felt about each other, overlap and conflict in their priorities and methods, rivalries, etc.Beyond that, I had some trouble getting into the motivating premise of the book, that it s a surprise from the vantage point of what he takes to be typical American perspective that there are so few terrorists relative to how many Muslims they are As I read, I kept involuntarily humming Anne Murray s A Little Some useful for me anyway historical background on issues such as how Taliban and Bin Laden felt about each other, overlap and conflict in their priorities and methods, rivalries, etc.Beyond that, I had some trouble getting into the motivating premise of the book, that it s a surprise from the vantage point of what he takes to be typical American perspective that there are so few terrorists relative to how many Muslims they are As I read, I kept involuntarily humming Anne Murray s A Little Good News.nobody got assassinated in the whole wide world today I mean, yes, it s great that the majority of Muslims are not suicide bombers, but I never thought that in the first place And it doesn t take a large number of terrorists to cause a large amount of concern.so I guess I d say I recommend this book as an eye opener for anyone who thinks Muslim terrorist fanatic and as in depth education for anyone who doesn t think that and can ignore the author s point of departure while sifting through the book for stuff you didn t know before

  4. Chris says:

    I picked this book up out of idle curiosity, and was blown away Anyone with the vaguest interest in the War on Terror or American foreign relations with Muslim states should read it.The basic premise is an analysis of why, despite wide spread anti American feelings in the Middle East, there are statistically so very few Muslim terrorists Kurzman is an expert on Iranian politics and culture, and he uses Iran quite often as a gauge on anti American feeling.But this book isn t just about that b I picked this book up out of idle curiosity, and was blown away Anyone with the vaguest interest in the War on Terror or American foreign relations with Muslim states should read it.The basic premise is an analysis of why, despite wide spread anti American feelings in the Middle East, there are statistically so very few Muslim terrorists Kurzman is an expert on Iranian politics and culture, and he uses Iran quite often as a gauge on anti American feeling.But this book isn t just about that basic point Kurzman also discuses American foreign policy towards Muslim states in general, as well as the ramifications of internal and external American misunderstandings of motives and attitudes not only of Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, but the Muslim world in general He s also a fan of a unilateral American recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state, with or without Israeli support which I agree with Also presented is the novel idea that we should actually listen to what people need, instead of deciding what they need from afar Kurzman relates a story of an American unit in Afghanistan I believe which was under constant rocket attacks The commander went to the local village, who probably at least knew where the rockets were coming from, and instead of razing it, actually talked to the elders Apparently they were angry because of an American raid in the village which had destroyed some important buildings They happened to mention that they really needed a school A few days later, American troops brought them a bunch of school supplies, and lo and behold, the attacks stopped A tiny bit of positive effort, and LISTENING, can lead to a cessation of hostilities better than kicking in doors and tossing flashbangs.This isn t a liberal or conservative book, really, though if you had to choose it would probably lean slightly left Kurzman is pro academic, I suppose, and certainly pro sociology He feels that understanding the Muslim world is vital for forming proper, effective foreign policy both in terms of fighting terrorism, and simply in having positive relations with the Middle East It has a great deal of direct quotes from surveys of people in various Muslim nations, and is a unique frame of reference for anyone interested in the overarching discussion of Muslim Western relations

  5. Cavak says:

    I always felt like the US mass media was too eager to exaggerate the loss and horror of 9 11 Too eager to name who our enemies were, to instill fear on all who watched Everyone liked to point to Fox News as the worst offender, but I felt that undercurrent from every news network I tried to watch While I thought the deaths were terrible, I wasscared by the paranoia expressed than the idea of another attack I mean, who was the US declaring war against again So having a retrospective lo I always felt like the US mass media was too eager to exaggerate the loss and horror of 9 11 Too eager to name who our enemies were, to instill fear on all who watched Everyone liked to point to Fox News as the worst offender, but I felt that undercurrent from every news network I tried to watch While I thought the deaths were terrible, I wasscared by the paranoia expressed than the idea of another attack I mean, who was the US declaring war against again So having a retrospective look of groupthink on both sides of the fence was appreciated by me It was a welcome change with realistic explanations To my joy, it includes the people who can sympathize but not support as well the layman, the artists, the moderates, the religious leaders Obviously, not everyone will resort to violence to express their beliefs, but I appreciate that there was an extensive effort to illustrate that reality through multiple resources People are people, no matter where they live.Kurzman s criticism and dissection of uniformed pundits always amused me And I did learn something about the differences between militant Islamist organizations that grabbed the headlines It was like Kurzman was calmly answering all of my biggest questions that I wanted answered from my confused youth Hell, he helped clarify some things I was puzzled about nowadays too I was surprised to get a dry laugh out of it The Missing Martyrs is a scholar s report, so I can t imagine it will be easy to read without concentration Don t expect a Mary Roach experience Kurzman shares stories, but they are aimed to be informative and not entertainment If you follow along with him, however, passages can be quite fascinating Kurzman also assumes that you have a vague idea of which militant Islamist organizations are active or what 9 11 did to the global public conscious, which may alienate people who either don t pay attention to the news or were too young to experience the public news rush It s unfortunate that the closest I ve found to even approaching the same subject matter in a bookstore nearest to me is rather dated, radical, and filled with all of the dangers Kurzman warns againstWhy We Want to Kill You The Jihadist Mindset How to Defeat itThere should bebooks like The Missing Martyrs in every library and bookstore Especially now that it has been updated to include what has changed since the Bush administration Thank you, Kurzman, for updating this book I am grateful for the work that went into it With any luck, there won t be a need to update it again another decade from now I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways

  6. Lucy says:

    3 1 2 stars, rounded up to 4 If Muslims hate America so much, why haven t we seenterrorism How do you explain the gap The author is a sociology professor at the University of Chapel Hill His explanation, as I understand it, is that not all Muslims hate America, and for those that do, it s either not worth getting themselves killed or they just can t get their act together There simply aren t that many passionate, activist American hating Muslims out there, although their number isn t 3 1 2 stars, rounded up to 4 If Muslims hate America so much, why haven t we seenterrorism How do you explain the gap The author is a sociology professor at the University of Chapel Hill His explanation, as I understand it, is that not all Muslims hate America, and for those that do, it s either not worth getting themselves killed or they just can t get their act together There simply aren t that many passionate, activist American hating Muslims out there, although their number isn t zero Although I appreciated the book, I think I d get muchout of attending a semester long course on the topic, with discussion and feedback Sadly, I suspect that there s a very large portion of the American population that will never change their minds about the perceived threat of Muslim terrorists no matter what anyone says

  7. SpaceBear says:

    Rather than the typical question of why re there so many Muslim terrorists Kurzman seeks to ask the opposite why aren t thereMuslim terrorists He argues that an understanding of the Middle East shows that people simply don t support violent political Islam and never really did.

  8. Sarah says:

    Written pre Isis, so some of its accuracy has decreased Poses some interesting questions and raises some interesting points.

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