23 October 2009
The Fatal Allure of Extremist Logic
Syaifudin Zuhri and the July 17 Suicide Bombers
This article looks at the recruiting tactics of one of the perpetrators of the twin hotel bombings in Jakarta in July 2009, Syaifudin Zuhri Djaelani. The author finds that the suicide bombers he recruited were bright young men who were idealistic and intellectually curious. However, dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in the Muslim world helped the extremist narrative for a wider Muslim struggle that convinced these young men to sacrifice themselves for the cause.
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