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The mysterious world of the suicide bomber

I was recently struck by the insights of a once-radicalised Muslim who was answering the questions of a Radio 4 journalist. His comments helped sharpen my focus on something that had previously been more of a hunch.

Malcolm MacGregor, Ipswich

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The basic point is that Western secular observers are not best placed to understand what makes the suicide bomber ‘tick.’ In a sense they too are so ‘radicalised’ that the psychology of religion is beyond their powers of analysis. Put simply, they don’t do theology well.