Book Reviews

The Martyr’s Oath

Posted By October 1, 2005 No Comments

Stewart Bell, that excellent reporter from the National Post, has another book to his credit: The Martyr’s Oath: The Apprenticeship of a Homegrown Terrorist profiles the background, recruitment and brief service in al Qaeda of Mohammed Mansour Jabarah. Raised partly in Canada, Jabarah left St. Catherines Ontario to become one of the inner circle of Osama Bin Laden’s followers before being arrested in early 2002. This book is a solid piece of reportage, profiling how a young Muslim with all the advantages decided to become a terrorist. (Wiley, Mississauga, Ontario 2005). Bell occasionally cites the old Eric Hoffer book, The True Believer, which is also a must-have in any library that concerns terrorism.