The Dawn Prayer Or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison

Author: Matthew Schrier
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 1946885215
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“What is your name?” asked General Mohammad. “Matthew,” I said. I had stopped saying Matt a while ago because it means ‘dead’ in Arabic. On New Year’s Eve in 2012, Matthew Schrier was headed home from Syria, where he’d been photographing the intense combat of the country’s civil war. Just 45 minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the al Nusra Front—an organization the world would come to know as the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda. Over the next seven months he would endure torture and near starvation in six brutal terrorist prisons. He’d face a daily struggle just to survive. And, eventually, he’d escape. In this gripping, raw, and surprisingly funny memoir, Schrier details the horrifying and frequently surreal experience of being a slight, wisecracking Jewish guy held captive by the world’s most violent Islamic extremists. Managing to keep his heritage a secret, Schrier used humor to develop relationships with his captors—and to keep himself sane during the long months of captivity. The Dawn Prayer (Or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison): A Memoir is a tale of patriotism and unimaginable bleakness shot through with light . . . of despair and friendship, sacrifice and betrayal, in a setting of bombed-out buildings and shifting alliances. It’s the story of the first Westerner to escape al Qaeda—not a battle-hardened soldier, but an ordinary New Yorker who figured out how to set his escape plan in motion from a scene in Jurassic Park. From the prisoners’ fiercely competitive hacky sack games and volleyball tournaments (played using a ball made of shredded orange peels and a shoelace) to his own truly nail-biting outbreak, Matthew Schrier’s story is unforgettable—and one you won’t want to miss.

A Prayer Before Dawn

Author: Billy Moore
Publisher: Maverick House
ISBN: 1908518537
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A Prayer Before Dawn is the true story of one man’s fight to survive inside Klong Prem Prison, the notorious Bangkok Hilton. Billy Moore travelled to Thailand to escape a life of drug addiction and alcoholism. He managed to overcome his inner demons for a time but relapsed after trying ya ba – a highly-addictive form of methamphetamine. Moore’s life quickly descended into chaos, drug dealing and violence until he was eventually arrested and imprisoned in Klong Prem, a place where life has no value. A Prayer Before Dawn is no ordinary prison memoir; it’s the story of one man’s struggle to survive in one of the world’s toughest prisons. It’s also a story of redemption in the most unlikely of places. Billy Moore was born in Liverpool, England. He has worked as a teacher, Muay Thai fighter and extra on film sets. Following his release from prison in Thailand, he returned to Britain where he now lives with his family. He is now working as a motivational speaker and a drugs counsellor.

Undercover Muslim

Author: Theo Padnos
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1847920845
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"What happens when disaffected young men from the West come to the Middle East for an education in Islam? Until now, it has been hard to know. The schools are far away, often under the control of armed guards; the students stay in them for years, learning Arabic, memorising the Koran and other sacred texts, establishing friendships, and discovering the problems and possibilities of contemporary Islam. In this book, Theo Padnos, who previously taught short stories and poems to teenage criminals in America, puts himself through such an education. The result is a novel-like story that unfolds in places the outside world does not go. Certainly no writers have been there: the prayer row in the high altitude mosque in Yemen, the dorm room in the Islamic academy, the classrooms where the students learn and the tea shops where they daydream their afternoons away. Hilarious in places and frightening in others, Padnos tells what happens when Westerners marry themselves to this world. The book describes the pleasures and pains of this marriage and it follows the students as they try to maintain it when they come home to the suburbs of the West."

Bureaucratizing Islam

Author: Ann Marie Wainscott
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316510492
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How have states in the Middle East and North Africa responded to the War on Terror? While much scholarship has focused on terrorism in the region, there is need for critical studies of Middle Eastern states' counter-terrorism policies. This book addresses that need by investigating Morocco's unique approach to counter-terrorism: the bureaucratization of religion. Morocco's strategy is unique in the degree to which it relies on reforms that seek to make the country's religious institutions into tools for rewarding loyalty and discouraging dissent from religious elites. Through these measures they have limited opposition through an enduring form of institutional control, accommodating some of the country's most virulent critics. This book will be of great use to researchers and scholars of Middle Eastern politics, and it will also appeal to those policymakers interested in security studies and counter-terrorism policies.

Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies

Author: Richard Jackson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317801628
Format: PDF
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This new handbook is a comprehensive collection of cutting-edge essays that investigate the contribution of Critical Terrorism Studies to our understanding of contemporary terrorism and counterterrorism. Terrorism remains one of the most important security and political issues of our time. After 9/11, Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) emerged as an alternative approach to the mainstream study of terrorism and counterterrorism, one which combined innovative methods with a searching critique of the abuses of the war on terror. This volume explores the unique contribution of CTS to our understanding of contemporary non-state violence and the state’s response to it. It draws together contributions from key thinkers in the field who explore critical questions around the nature and study of terrorism, the causes of terrorism, state terrorism, responses to terrorism, the war on terror, and emerging issues in terrorism research. Covering a wide range of topics including key debates in the field and emerging issues, the Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies will set a benchmark for future research on terrorism and the response to it. This handbook will be of great interest to students of terrorism studies, political violence, critical security studies and IR in general.

The Suffragette Bombers

Author: Simon Webb
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1783400641
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In the years leading up to the First World War, the United Kingdom was subjected to a ferocious campaign of bombing and arson. Those conducting this terrorist offensive were members of the Women's Social and Political Union; better known as the suffragettes. ??The targets for their attacks ranged from St Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England in London to theatres and churches in Ireland. The violence, which included several attempted assassinations, culminated in June 1914 with an explosion in Westminster Abbey.??Simon Webb explores the way in which the suffragette bombers have been airbrushed from history, leaving us with a distorted view of the struggle for female suffrage. Not only were the suffragettes far more aggressive than is generally known, but there exists the very real and surprising possibility that their militant activities actually delayed, rather than hastened, the granting of the parliamentary vote to British women.

Financing Terrorism

Author: Michael Freeman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317135075
Format: PDF, ePub
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Without money, terrorists cannot function as organizations and cannot conduct attacks. Yet the questions remain, how vulnerable are terrorists to financial disruptions? Can governments put pressure on their finances in meaningful ways or are they too resilient and adaptive to be affected by state actions? These and other questions about terrorism financing are vigorously debated by scholars and policymakers, particularly since the attacks of September 11th 2001 . While there is a growing literature on policy issues, strategies, and countermeasures, states must first understand their enemies before developing strategies to defeat them. So, instead of focusing on the state response, this book asks a more foundational question: How do different terrorist groups actually raise money? What are their budgets? What do their portfolios look like? How have they changed over time? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different sources of financing? The book includes case studies of 11 different terrorist groups or sets of groups within a country. It is clear that each group has a different portfolio tailored to their needs and their environment and this makes countering terrorist financing more challenging for the state. This topical book will be required reading for all students and scholars interested in terrorism financing as well as those working in government agencies tasked with combating terrorist groups and their financial resources.

Understanding Deradicalization

Author: Daniel Koehler
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 131730439X
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This book provides a comprehensive guide to the different aspects of deradicalization theories, programs and methods. It analyzes the practical and theoretical aspects of deradicalization programs and the methods being employed to bring extremists and terrorist back to a non-violent life. The book includes in-depth case studies on programs and former extremists, including interviews with former German neo-Nazis and families of Jihadists who have received deradicalization counselling. Using a coherent theory of radicalization and deradicalization, it integrates existing programs into a typology and methodology regarding the effects and concepts behind deradicalization. In addition, a current state of the art assessment of deradicalization programs around the world provides a collection of programs and landscapes worldwide. It thereby functions as a unique guide for practitioners and policymakers in need of evaluation or construction of such programs, as well as a resource pool for academics interested in research about deradicalization programs and processes. The major aim of this book is to consolidate the existing scholarship on deradicalization and to move the field forward by proposing a coherent theory of deradicalization, including ways to measure effectiveness, standard methods and procedures, different actors of such programs and cooperation on national and international level. In essence, this work enables the reader to identify how, when and why deradicalization programs work, how they can be built and structured, and to identify their limitations. This book will be of interest to students of radicalisation, counter-terrorism, radical Islam, criminology, security studies and IR.

Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Author: Andrew Silke
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138819085
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This new Handbook provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of current knowledge and debates on terrorism and counter-terrorism, as well as providing a benchmark for future work. The attacks of 9/11 heralded a huge increase in political, public and academic interest in terrorism and counter-terrorism. The global war on terror and its various legacies have dominated international politics in the opening decade of the 21st century. Never before in history have the issues of what causes terrorism and how should it be combatted attracted so much attention and controversy. The study of terrorism itself has been catapulted from academic obscurity to a mainstream multi-disciplinary subject routinely taught at most universities. The field now produces an unprecedented level of research and writing, though the quality of a great deal of this leaves much to be desired. The need for accessible, comprehensive and richly informed works on these controversial areas remains profound. This handbook offers a wide-ranging overview of the current state of academic analysis and debate on terrorism and counterterrorism, as well as a detailed survey of key historical and contemporary terrorist groups and major counter-terrorism campaigns. Adopting a wide focus, the volume highlights key trends in these areas as well as cutting-edge topics and emerging critical issues. It also has a strongly international flavour, intentionally drawing on conflicts and case studies from across the globe. In order to contain such a wide-ranging topic within an accessible and informative framework, the volume is divided into two key parts. Part I deals with the nature of terrorism; the history of terrorism; its causes and characteristics; major tactics and strategies; the targets and victims of terrorism; the role of states; major trends and critical contemporary issues such as radicalisation, CBRN terrorism and cyber-terrorism. This part concludes with a series of detailed case studies of major terrorist groups of historical and contemporary importance such as the IRA, Red Army Faction, Hamas, Boko Haram, LTTE and Al-Qaeda. Part II focuses on counterterrorism, again drawing on the major themes and critical issues. Chapters review the major counter-terrorism strategies and policies, highlighting key events and trends. The impact and effectiveness of different approaches will be assessed across different contexts. The section also ends with a substantial series of case studies focused on major counter-terrorism campaigns including those waged by Israel, the USA (pre and post 9/11), the United Kingdom, Spain, India and Russia. This book will be of much interest to all students of terrorism and counter-terrorism, political violence, counter-insurgency, criminology, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR more generally."