chapter  9
23 Pages

A Manual of Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorism

In June 1988, at the height of the first Intifada declared by the Palestinians against what they viewed as Israeli occupation and repression, a text was published as an appendix to an issue of the Muslim fundamentalist organ aI-Islam wa-Filastin (Islam and Palestine), which carried a very detailed and intriguing analysis of what it took to become an 'Islamikaze'.l The term had been coined in 1996, when the making of the new brand of Muslim terrorists in Afghanistan was described, which argued that it was a fallacy to dub these people 'suicide-bombers', because their primary concern was to kill their enemies, not themselves, sacrificing themselves only in the process. Typologically, they come closest to the Japanese kamikaze of the Pacific War in the Second World War, and therefore it was suggested that this term should be combined with Islam into this new word.2 When the above Arabic text came to my attention, after the term 'Islamikaze' had been coined and diffused, postfactum justification was added to support the article, which established a linkage between the outer-objective definition of Islamikaze, and the inner-subjective terminology suggested by the Arab-Muslim writer of that text.