Suicide Terrorism



This chapter provides an overview of academic research on suicide terrorism. Challenges regarding defining suicide terrorism are discussed, and trends and statistics regarding suicide terrorist attacks are outlined. These trends and statistics serve as basis for an historical analysis of the evolution of suicide terrorist networks. Organizational, religious, socio-economic, social, psychological, and motivational factors related to suicide terrorism are reviewed.


Suicide terrorism Trends and statistics Martyrdom Terrorist networks Explanations 



The authors are indebted to Charlotte de Roon for her comments on a previous version of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Governance and Global AffairsLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyClaremont McKenna CollegeClaremontUSA

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