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May 2011
Wars, Insurgencies and Terrorist Attacks: A Psycho-Social Perspective From The Muslim World

Wars, Insurgencies and Terrorist Attacks: A Psycho-Social Perspective From The Muslim WorldUnaiza Niaz
350 pages | 216x138mmmm
978-0-19-906013-9 | Hardback |
The Oxford University Press.
Price: £15.99

This is a well-timed book, which takes the reader straight to the heart of problems that have besieged the world in general, and the Muslim world in particular. Usually seen as the perpetrators, the Muslim population is in fact paying the highest price for the terrorism associated with their lands and people. This may have become more obvious now as details of the revolts in the Middle East emerge and horrify those who had blindly supposed that Muslims under their dictators were quite content and cheerfully breeding terrorists to destroy other civilizations. No fundamentalists are playing a significant role in guiding the uprisings in any of the Mid-Eastern countries, a fact that should change perceptions about the Muslim mindset in the world today. The author Dr. Niaz  is a clinical psychiatrist, who  has concentrated on the psychological aftermath of the wars, insurgencies and terrorist attacks the Muslim world.

The book discusses the wars, insurgencies and conflict-related violence in different Muslim regions of the world, such as Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Bosnia, Algeria, Chechnya, Iraq and Palestine, and studies why these have been erupting most frequently in Muslim countries. Moreover, it tries to synthesize all this extensive data into a reasoned sequence of cause and effect, underscoring the role that can be played by mental health professionals in bringing about peace. The guest contributors in the book are psychiatrists from the Arab and Muslim world, and they highlight the human suffering in terms of mental trauma which generally goes unnoticed, especially among vulnerable groups such as refugees, women and children. This is an area which calls for much more research than has been carried out so far because not only does it pinpoint the observable suffering of the victims, and possible ways to alleviate it, but also exposes the likely long term effects of the trauma which could warp a whole new generation.

Uniaza NiazMost wars, insurgencies and terrorist attacks are in the Muslim World. This is not a coincidence; understanding this phenomenon in its political and psychosocial perspectives is vital. An attempt is made to analyze these observable facts in a comprehensive, academic method why such incidents are more prevalent is the Muslim countries. It is crucial to understand the dynamics, the frustrations and the political system in the Muslim World. The author attempts to scrutinize and synthesize what has been reported from the scientific and professional literature. History of terrorism whether in the past or present is clarified Different theories of psychopathologies of terrorism and the theoretical, biological, social and psychological approaches are discussed in understanding these phenomena. The wars in the Muslim World in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries whether in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Algeria, Lebanon and Struggle of Kashmir's liberation, are discussed with the psychiatric aftermath on the civilians, validated by the guest authors from Muslim World.

Readership: Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, social scientists, and all mental health professionals; Psychiatric Associations worldwide; all medical universities; postgraduate training units of psychiatry internationally; World Mental Health Associations.

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