Depicting Female Suicide Bombers

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  • Title: Depicting Female Suicide Bombers: Understanding the Radicalization Proces
  • Author(s): Bina Patel
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Keywords: Global Conflict; Female Terrorists; Female Suicide Bombers; Suicide Terrorism; Conflict Resolution; Terrorists; Intelligence Community; Radicalization; Jihad; Jihadi Ideologies; National Security; U.S. National Security; Martyr; Martyrdom; Female Martyrdom; Women and Suicide Bombers; Female Gangs; Female Gender And Violence; Counter Extremism; Violence
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-1-61229-906-8
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-61229-907-5
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-61229-908-2
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Patel, Bina. 2017. Depicting Female Suicide Bombers: Understanding the Radicalization Proces. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-61229-908-2/CGP.
  • Extent: 212 pages


What makes her tick? No one is born a terrorist, but why do women desire to become suicide bombers? Depicting Female Suicide Bombers: Understanding the Radicalization Process presents a comprehensive study of Islamic females who have chosen an unconventional path labeled “terrorism” to overcome internal grief. This book presents an alternative view of suicide terrorism, focusing on the underlying issues and self-struggle that Islamic women experience against cultural and religious stigmas, gender bias, and postpartum depression. Their allegiance, the Achilles’ heel, which is to end their grief, enables them to successfully complete their mission.