Suicide bombers in Western literature: demythologizing a mythic discourse

  title={Suicide bombers in Western literature: demythologizing a mythic discourse},
  author={Arata Takeda},
  journal={Contemporary Justice Review},
  pages={455 - 475}
  • Arata Takeda
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Contemporary Justice Review
In facing the challenge of suicide terrorism today on a global scale, it is tempting to attribute the phenomenon to cultural or religious behavior patterns observed solely in non‐Western countries. Yet recent scholarly research on its possible cultural or religious origins has led less to convincing and satisfactory results than to an unresolved aporia between arbitrariness and contingency. By the same token, little notice is taken of the fact that, in Western history and literature, actions… Expand
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