Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam: A Documentary Reader: Updated with a Section on the Jihad in the 21st Century / Edition 2

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The notion of Jihad ("Holy War") is very much alive in the Islamic world, and plays a prominent political role. In the West, Jihad is often associated with violence and fanaticism. Muslims, however, emphasize that the real meaning is "effort toward a religiously commendable aim" and that it can be applied to both defensive warfare and peaceful activities for the sake of religion. The aim of the present book is to elucidate the concept of Jihad. It provides basic reading materials translated from Arabic and Turkish, an introduction, and two essays on modernist and fundamentalist interpretations and the significance of Jihad nowadays.
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To Americans and Europeans, the word jihad conjures up fanatical Arab warriors overwhelming a Crusader citadel. Jihad ("struggle") denotes holy war for Islam, and in this sense is comparable to crusade, holy war for Christianity. But there is much more to jihad than this. One may struggle not only against an enemy outside Islam, but against heretics within, social evils like poverty and crime, and unbelief in oneself. Peters, a professor at the University of Amsterdam and the director of the Netherlands Institute in Cairo, has collected previously published information (six translations of Arabic texts, and two of his own articles) to help us understand the wider social and moral senses of jihad. While Peters terms this material "basic," it is both highly technical and complex, and presupposes some familiarity with Islam and its history. It will appeal to the scholar and specialist, not to the casual reader.James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558763593
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Princeton Series on the Middle East
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 691,741
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 5.92 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Jihad, an Introduction 1
2 The Prophet's Lessons on Conduct in War: Hadiths on Jihad From the Sahih of Muslim ibn Hajjaj 9
3 Exhortations to Jihad: Passages on Jihad and Martyrdom from Malik's al-Muwatta 19
4 The Legal Doctrine of Jihad: The Chapter on Jihad from Averroes' Legal Handbook al-Bidaya 27
5 The Religious and Moral Doctrine of Jihad: Ibn Taymiyya on Jihad 43
6 Jihad and War Propaganda: The Ottoman Jihad Fatwa of November 11th, 1914 55
7 A Modernist Interpretation of Jihad: Mahmud Shaltut's Treatise Koran and Fighting 59
8 The Doctrine of Jihad in Modern Islam 103
9 The Relevance of the Jihad Doctrine in Sadat's Egypt 149
Notes 171
Bibliography 197
Acknowledgements 203
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