True Believers : A Symbolic Anthropological Study of Islamist Culture
Written for defense, intelligence and law enforcement professionals, True Believers: A Symbolic Anthropological Study of Islamist Culture provides a comprehensive overview of the symbols, rituals, beliefs, customs, and unfamiliar practices of Islamist culture. Ritualistic crime expert Dawn Perlmutter reveals a heretofore unidentified Islamist Symbolic Code—a shame-based tribal honor code that incites and justifies murder, mutilation, and acts of terrorism. The Islamist Symbolic Code is a syncretic tradition that is a combination of tribal honor code, Sharia Law, and Islamic rites of purity. This symbolic anthropological approach to counterterrorism illustrates how traditions and taboos rooted in the Islamist Code are relevant to a variety of strategic and intelligence operations.