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Are Suicide Bombers Coming from Madaris (Islamic Schools) in Pakistan?

Fashiuddin and Imran Ahmad Sajid

Abstract
This paper studies the association between suicide terrorist and Madaris (Islamic Schools).
There is a general myth (at least in the media) that the Madaris in Pakistan are the factories of
producing suicide terrorists. After every suicide attack in Pakistan, fingers are pointed
towards some unknown tribal Islamic fundamentalist group and the association of the
attacker is linked with a Madrassah (singular or Madaris) where he was supposed to be
indoctrinated for years to become a holy warrior. We took the secondary data on suicide
terrorism from various sources and attempted to answer the sudden rise of suicide terrorism
in Pakistan after 2006. We find no primary association between Madaris and suicide
terrorism.

Keywords: Suicide, Suicide Terrorism, Attacks, Madaris, Madrassah, Pakistan, History, Islam, Islamic Fundamentalism, Religion.