In recent times Islam has been associated with suicide bombers and most people associate anyone from the Middle East as a suicide bomber or Islamist radical. In the aftermath of 9/11, two myths were routinely promoted. First, suicide terrorism was a new phenomenon. Secondly, it was almost always the province of religious fanatics. In fact, suicide terrorism has existed since ancient times and no society or religion has a monopoly on it (Sheehan 2014, 82). Islamist radicals justify their cause by comparing the act of a suicide attack as a form of 'Jihad'. Jihad is an act of Islamic worship and is derived from the Arabic verb, Jihadi, which means “effort and striving” (Post et al. 2009, 16). There are many forms of Jihad, all of which are defined by a set of rules; Jihad is frequently interpreted as a self-defense: defense against temptation, defense against Satan, defense against the unjust. There are four important Jihads in Islam and the one that’s associated with ‘holy war’ is the Jihad of the sword, which commands Muslims to take up the sword against those who take up the sword against Muslims (Post et al. 2009, 16). This translation has been taken out of context by radicals in the Middle East and now has been used in their favor to persuade others into committing suicide attacks.
Another piece of information used to understand a suicide terrorist is by looking at the psychology of suicide terrorism. Some scholars believe that by studying suicide bombers they can figure out what drives a person to take their own life. However both of these claims are too weak to help point out the reason why people become suicide terrorism. My research will look to show that the true cause of suicide terrorist is actually occupation by a foreign state. This will show how both religion and psychology are just two branches on a bigger