Arguing the Just War in Islam

Arguing the Just War in Islam

by John Kelsay
     
 

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ISBN-10: 067402639X

ISBN-13: 9780674026391

Pub. Date: 11/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Jihad, with its many terrifying associations, is a term widely used today, though its meaning is poorly grasped. Few people understand the circumstances requiring a jihad, or "holy" war, or how Islamic militants justify their violent actions within the framework of the religious tradition of Islam. How Islam, with more than one billion followers, interprets jihad and

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Jihad, with its many terrifying associations, is a term widely used today, though its meaning is poorly grasped. Few people understand the circumstances requiring a jihad, or "holy" war, or how Islamic militants justify their violent actions within the framework of the religious tradition of Islam. How Islam, with more than one billion followers, interprets jihad and establishes its precepts has become a critical issue. In illuminating the broad spectrum of Islam's moral considerations of the just war, John Kelsay helps Muslims and non-Muslims alike make sense of the possibilities for future war and peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026391
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Sources 8

2 Shari'a Reasoning 43

3 Politics, Ethics, and War in Premodern Islam 97

4 Armed Resistance and Islamic Tradition 125

5 Military Action and Political Authority 155

6 Muslim Argument and the War on Terror 198

Notes 227

Acknowledgments 251

Index 255

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