Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Recommended books to read on suicide bombing and history of Islam in America among African-Americans

Two books, which I've recently purchased and read are "Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism" by Robert A. Pape and "A History of Muslim African-Americans" by the Islamic History Project (a group of researchers).

The first book,"Dying to Win", discusses the root causes of suicide terrorism and provides information tracking all suicide bombings from 1980 to 2005 including dates, organizations that sponsored the attacks and the targets.

Mr. Pape's premise is that religion is not the primary motive for suicide bombings; oppression and occupation are. He provides clear information such as the primary organizations that perpetrated suicide bombings in the 1980's in the Middle East were secular organizations, which had suicide bombers of Muslim and Christian roots including Ms. Norma Hassan, a Lebanese Christian female suicide bomber. The data further shows that the Tamil Tigers, a Hindu/Marxist organization in Sri Lanka, have been the leading organization, which has sponsored suicide bombings from 1980 to 2005, at the publication date of this book.

An interesting observation within the book is that from 1980 to 2002, Iraq was suicide bombing free, but it now leads the world in suicide bombing attacks. So much for the false idea that the US military presence in Iraq has helped in the "War on Terror." It has bred more terror, way more terror and lose of life than under the rule of Saddam Hussein from 1979 to 2002.

Order from: http://www.amazon.com/Dying-Win-Strategic-Suicide-Terrorism/dp/1400063175

The second book, "A History of Muslim African-Americans", is more than just a history book ranging from the time period of when African Muslims reached America during the trans-Atlantic slave trade until today. The book begins with providing historical evidence about the interconnection between Arabs and Africans beginning with the ancient people of `Ad (Adites) to the era of the slave trade in East Africa and how its differences with the chattel slave trade of West Africa.

The book also touches on the evolution of the Nation of Islam and its transformation under the leadership of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed.

I've yet to read in one book so many aspects relating to not only the history of African-American Muslims but also the philosophy behind historical events. The book is documented extremely well.

Order from: http://www.wdmpublications.com/online_store/books/index.htm

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