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Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists

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Why are there so few Muslim terrorists? With more 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 are the missing martyrs?
In this startlingly counterintuitive book, a leading authority on Islamic movements demonstrates that terrorist groups are thoroughly marginal
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 24th 2011)
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Tim
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who are concerned about Islam in America
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 not more Muslim 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
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William
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
David
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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Chris
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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SpaceBear
Rather than the typical question of 'why re there so many Muslim terrorists?" Kurzman seeks to ask the opposite; why aren't there more Muslim terrorists? He argues that an understanding of the Middle East shows that people simply don't support violent political Islam - and never really did.
Sarah
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Written pre-Isis, so some of its accuracy has decreased. Poses some interesting questions and raises some interesting points.
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Charles Kurzman is a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.
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