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Army of Roses

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When Yasser Arafat in January 2002 called on Palestinian women--his "army of roses"--to join in the struggle against Israeli occupation, even he was surprised by their swift and devastating response. Later that same day, Wafa Idris would become the first female suicide bomber of the Intifada. Tragically, she wasn't the last. In Army of Roses, Pulitzer Prize-nominated autho
Published 2005 by Mizan (first published 2003)
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Margaret Sankey
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Victor, after interviewing imprisoned would-be suicide bombers and the surviving families of those who completed their missions, arrives at the far end of the spectrum of explanation--that the women who do this are fundamentally damaged in some way. While male suicide bombers express religious excitement, the women have been manipulated or broken down in some fundamental way--they're divorced for infertility, accused of adultery, molested by family members, humiliated at a checkpoint, some exter ...more
Dina Abdalla
Nov 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I read this book cover to cover and went back to it several times because of the ethnographic fieldwork and the interviews with the families of the most prominent suicide bombers. However, Barbara Victor makes several false/derogatory statements on the role of martyrdom and suicide bombings in Islam. I believe that Victor does not mean to be Islamaphobic in her claims as other Western academics, journalists and analysts are, but rather is extremely uneducated on Islamic jurisprudence on suicide ...more
May 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book was absolutely terrible. It was grossly inaccurate -- especially with respect to Islam. The author actually stated that martyrdom is one of the five pillars of Islam! (p. 184) She confuses the word 'shahaada' (the first pillar of Islam, which refers to the declaration of faith: "I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad (S) is his messenger") with 'shaheed' (which translates to 'martyr', or one who sacrifices himself in defense of one's country or religion).

The b
Perempuan selalu menarik untuk ditulis. Konflik Palestina-Israel tak habis untuk ditulis (juga tak habis menghias media massa. Bagaimana bila kedua hal tersebut menjadi satu? Buku ini jawabannya. Sebuah buku yang cukup emosional dan sarat fakta.

Army of Roses alias Pasukan Mawar, adalah sebutan Yasser Arafat untuk perempuan pelaku bom syahid. PAda 27 Januari 2002, perlawanan rakyat Palestina terhadap penjajah Israel memasuki babak baru; majunya perempuan sebagai bom syahid. Wafa Idris, perawat da
Harun Harahap
Di buku ini menceritakan pejuang2 muslimah palestina..lebih tepatnya pejuang yang melakukan Bom Bunuh Diri..nama Laskar Mawar diberikan oleh presiden Plaestina, Yasser Arafat untuk para pembom bunuh diri wanita tersebut..

Di buku ni diceritakan tentang kehidupan dan latar belakang dari beberapa pejuang muslimah tersebut...banyak alasan dari mereka melakukan bom bunuh diri..salah satunya dikarenakan untuk membuat keluarga mereka menjadi keluarga terhormat..dan memang itulah yang terjadi..setiap wa
Eza Faizah
Mar 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kenapa saya hanya memberi satu bintang untuk buku ini...??

Ketika membaca sinopsisnya di sampul belakang buku, saya merasa tertarik denagn buku ini, karena itu saya membelinya. Syahid merupakan perjuangan tertinggi dalam agama islam. Yang saya bayangkan ketika seorang perempuan memilih meledakkan dirinya untuk merugikan para penjajah negerinya sebanyak mungkin adalah perempuan tersebut telah melalui saat-saat merenung, berpikir dan mencapai iman yang tertinggi. Namun yang saya dapatkan justru se
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A careful and considered look at the psychology of exploitation of vulnerable members of society for the political goals of others. One after another is sent on the path of ultimate self-sacrifice for reasons that have virtually nothing to do with the Israeli-Palistinian conflict, but more to do with ruthless exploitation of their psychological and family problems. Victor gives us a glimpse of a little-known world and its internal dynamics. This volume has been out for some time now, but I doubt ...more
Sep 09, 2010 rated it liked it
This book took me most of the summer to finish. I do not suggest it for bedtime reading as I imagine it contributed to some pretty twisted dreams now & again. But it was very illuminating and having read it I know know more about the psychological reasoning behind suicide bombings and the I-P conflict and am interest to know more especially about the 1969 (?) border & it's failure and the creation of the state of I itself. Generally I'm ignorant on the history of the region and this book ...more
Jun 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book tells the story of the women who died for reasons that go beyond the liberation of Palestine.

It's interesting to read about how far a person can be pushed when she is convinced she has nothing to lose.
Aug 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
This book is too simple for such a hard topic. Basically the author only outlines who the known women are - but is unable to give us more information.
Hollie Gose
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about women suicide bombers that describes their reasons as well as lives. A must read for anyone interested in the Middle East!
Muhammad Hamdi
Oct 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
perspektif barat mengenai fenomena pasukan syahid wanita. hmm....sangat kritis
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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A brilliant, amazing and devastating look at a culture which has embraced death, due to political oppression, religious oppression and hopelessness. Heart breaking.
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
nice to read, nice to let us know what happened there, honestly can't believe in that case 100% sure. but nice writing.^_^
Henny Sari
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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sedikit banyak menjadi tahu latar belakang secara fisik (kondisi dan situasi sekitar) dan psikis dari para perempuan gerilyawan bom bunuh diri Palestina.
Keren. Wanita muslimah harusnya bisa menjadi aisyah, bukan hanya bercita-cita jadi khadijah.
Kristi Sparta
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Fascinating book on female suicide bombers.
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Barbara Victor, a former Middle East specialist for the U.S. State Department, has worked in television and radio for many years.
Currently a freelance journalist, she has interviewed such Middle Eastern leaders as Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon, Yitzhak Rabin, Colonel Muammaer Quaddafi and Abu Lyad (sic) of the PLO. She lives in Paris.
Penguin has published her novels Lovers and Enemies (later repu
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