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

Hardcover | February 12, 2010

byUnaiza Niaz

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Most 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 incidentsare 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 whetherin 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 WorldChapter on insurgencies in the Muslim World, focuses in particular on the plight of the civilians population in Pakistan's Fata region (Federally Administered Area, bordering Afghanistan) and the NWFP, of Pakistan. Sensitive attention is paid to vulnerable groups such as refugees, and children whosesuffering can sometimes go unheard. The book has a positive message, particularly with regard to the positive roles which could be enacted by mental health professionals. Mutual understanding itself represents an important step towards peace and reconciliation.

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Most 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 incidentsare more prevalent is the Muslim countries. I...

Professor (Dr) Unaiza Niaz M.D., D.P.M., F.R.C. Psych is the Director of the Psychiatric Clinic and Stress Research Center, Karachi, Visiting Professor of University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Founder and President Pakistan Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Chair of the Section on Woman's Mental Health, The World Psychiatr...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:February 12, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199060139

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Table of Contents

David Alexander: ForewordRichard Williams: ForewordUnaiza Niaz: IntroductionAhmed Okasha: Introduction: Islam is Anti-terrorism1. Unaiza Niaz: History of Terrorism1.1. Overview1.2. Nationalists and Anarchists1.3. Terrorism and the State1.4. Terrorism since World War II1.5. Contemporary Terrorism1.6. The Evolution of Terrorism in the 21st Century1.7. ConclusionIdriss Terranti: 1.8. Critical Analysis of Historical Events which Led to Current Muslim Fundamentalism2. Unaiza Niaz: Etiology of Terrorism2.1. Overview2.2. The Evolution of Terrorism2.3. Psychological Approaches to understand Violence in the context of Terrorism2.4. Terrorist Strategy2.5. Theoretical Models-Instinct Theory (Psychoanalytic, Ethology), Drive Theory (Frustration-Aggression), Social Learning Theory (Cognitive Theory of Aggression)2.6. Biological Approaches-Neuro-Chemical Factors, Psycho-Physiological factors, Hormonal Factors2.7. Raw Empirical Approaches to Violence2.8. Trans-Generational effects Of PTSD-Genetic modulation of DNA2.9. Cultural Factors-Alienation and Identity in the Arab World, Events That Traumatize Adolescents and Youth leading to Violence, Impacts of War on Social, Psychological and Emotional Well-being and Post-war Conditions2.10. Summary3. Unaiza Niaz: Terrorism and Its Aftermath3.1. Overview3.2. Psychological Terror3.3. Terrorism and Its Effects on Mental Health3.4. Mental Health Studies3.5. Psycho-social Impacts of Terrorism on the Muslim World3.6. The Major Bomb Blasts in Pakistan3.7. Psychological and Emotional Aspects of Terrorist Attacks on People Living in Pakistan3.8. Experience of Witnessing a Suicide Bombing Attack: Terrorist attacks in PakistanMuhammad Irfan, Zeeshan-ul-Hassan Usmani: 3.9. Suicide terrorism and Its New Target - Pakistan4. Unaiza Niaz: Wars in the Muslim WorldUnaiza Niaz: 4.1. Wars in the Muslim World, in the 21st Century4.2. Psychosocial Perspectives of WarsUnaiza Niaz, Sehar Hassan: a. Kashmir Struggle for IndependenceUnaiza Niaz, Mehar Hassan: b. The Afghan WarUnaiza Niaz: c. The War in Iraq: Final Blow to the Muslim WorldUnaiza Niaz: d. Palestine Struggle for Independent State: WPA Response to the Gaza EmergencyUnaiza Niaz: e. Twenty-first Centuries Massacre in Bosnia and HerzegovinaIdriss Terranti, Mohamed Chakal: 4.3. Algerian Experience: Traumatism and ResilienceAbbas Alameddine, Rabih El Chammay, Sami Richa: 4.4. The Context of Torture in Lebanon and the Rehabilitation of the VictimsGhassan Shahrour: 4.5. The Explosive Remnants of War: The Silent and Lasting Violence in the Arab Region5. Unaiza Niaz, Meher Hasan, Seher Hasan: Insurgencies and Its Aftermath: Special Focus on Pakistan5.1. Background5.2. Logic of Insurgency and the Strategic Objectives: A Public Perspective5.3. Challenges to the Counterinsurgent5.4. The Center of 'The Global War on Terrorism', Focus on Pakistan5.5. Pakistan and Internally Displaced Person (IDPs): Short history of IDPs5.6. The Mental Health Issues of the IDPs in Pakistan5.7. Prospects in Current Scenario6. Trauma in Vulnerable GroupsUnaiza Niaz and Sehar Hassan: 6.1. Introduction-Mental Health Effects of Wars and Terrorism: Public PerspectivesUnaiza Niaz: 6.2. Psychotrauma in Women following wars, insurgencies and terrorist attacksJoslyn Medi-Kaff: 6.3. Women's Mental Health in Time of War-A Lebanese PerspectiveUnaiza Niaz and Mehar Hassan: 6.4. Psycho-trauma in Children Following Wars, Insurgencies and Terrorist AttacksQudsia Tariq, Unaiza Niaz, Sehar Hassan: 6.5. The Effects of Trauma in StudentsIyad Fahmi Al Azzeh: 6.6. Effects of War in Palestine7. Unaiza Niaz: 7.1 Treatment Aspects of Trauma Related ConditionsSaeed Farooq: 7.2 Terror, Trauma and Treatment-An Evidence Based Response8. Morad El-Shazly: The Triangle of Human Rights ViolationUnaiza Niaz: Epilogue