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Suicide – Dying for a higher purpose? A study of the motives of the Islamic female suicide bombers through Emile Durkheim’s structural view on suicide

Nilsson, Michelle LU (2017) SOCK04 20171
Sociology
Department of Sociology
Abstract
There have been several accounts of suicide attacks in the last few years; and although male attackers outnumber female attackers, the number of female suicide bombers has been on the rise. This thesis analyzes the motivation of Muslim female suicide bombers using Durkheim’s theory on suicide and society. Interviews with experts on suicide and radicalization were conducted to provide a perspective that enriches the literature review and the statistical analysis. Drawing on Durkheim’s theory on suicide I argue that radical Muslims view perceived pious femininity as less important than martyrdom and therefore have a different set of norms for women than men.
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author
Nilsson, Michelle LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOCK04 20171
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Suicide, Suicide Terrorism, Islam, Gender, Martyrdom
language
English
id
8915615
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2017-06-14 17:45:24
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2017-06-14 17:45:24
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  abstract     = {There have been several accounts of suicide attacks in the last few years; and although male attackers outnumber female attackers, the number of female suicide bombers has been on the rise. This thesis analyzes the motivation of Muslim female suicide bombers using Durkheim’s theory on suicide and society. Interviews with experts on suicide and radicalization were conducted to provide a perspective that enriches the literature review and the statistical analysis. Drawing on Durkheim’s theory on suicide I argue that radical Muslims view perceived pious femininity as less important than martyrdom and therefore have a different set of norms for women than men.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Michelle},
  keyword      = {Suicide,Suicide Terrorism,Islam,Gender,Martyrdom},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Suicide – Dying for a higher purpose? A study of the motives of the Islamic female suicide bombers through Emile Durkheim’s structural view on suicide},
  year         = {2017},
}