Martyrdom Mythology in Iraq: How Jihadists Frame Suicide Terrorism in Videos and Biographies

@article{Hafez2007MartyrdomMI,
  title={Martyrdom Mythology in Iraq: How Jihadists Frame Suicide Terrorism in Videos and Biographies},
  author={Mohammed M. Hafez},
  journal={Terrorism and Political Violence},
  year={2007},
  volume={19},
  pages={115 - 95}
}
  • M. Hafez
  • Published 1 January 2007
  • Political Science
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
The jihadists in Iraq strategically deploy emotional narratives to construct the myth of heroic martyrdom, demonize their intended targets, and appeal to potential recruits from around the Muslim world. These culturally astute jihadists know well the themes that resonate with the wider Muslim public, and have done an extraordinary job in harnessing three narratives to mobilize for martyrdom: humiliation of Muslims at the hands of foreigners, impotence of official Muslim governments in the face… 
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A Preliminary Assessment of the Quantitative Data and Documentary Evidence,’’ Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 29 (2006): 1–27
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