Three Approaches to Palestinian Suicide Bombers: A Psychologist, a Scholar of Islam, and a Rabbi Discuss Paradise Now

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Reviews the film, Paradise Now directed by Hany Abu-Assad (2005). To say this film is highly controversial would be an understatement. This movie is about the lives of two Palestinian men the day before they attempt a suicide bombing and the choices they make after that attempt is interrupted. It provides a rare glimpse into the psychology of a group of individuals everyone knows about but whose stories are virtually unknown to many in the United States. Nominated for “Best Foreign Language Film” at the 2005 Academy Awards, the artistic qualities are exceptional. The reviewers discuss some of the psychological aspects portrayed in the film, and provide both an Islamic perspective, and a Jewish perspective. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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