Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam / Edition 1

Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam / Edition 1

by Reuven Firestone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195154940

ISBN-13: 9780195154948

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Tracing the social and political changes experienced during the transition from pre-Islamic Arabian culture to the religious civilization of Islam, Firestone concludes that jihad is an indigenous Arabian phenomenon. It resulted, he argues, from the mixture of old Arabian culture with innovations in the traditional social structure and worldview engendered by the…  See more details below

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Tracing the social and political changes experienced during the transition from pre-Islamic Arabian culture to the religious civilization of Islam, Firestone concludes that jihad is an indigenous Arabian phenomenon. It resulted, he argues, from the mixture of old Arabian culture with innovations in the traditional social structure and worldview engendered by the introduction of Islamic monotheism. The cauldron in which this mixture produced its new product was Medina, where various forces came together to produce the religious community of Muslims known as the Umma.. "Firestone's historical reconstruction of Islamic holy war challenges the traditional "evolutionary theory" of war that was first established by medieval Muslim scholars and subsequently accepted uncritically by Western scholarship. In its place, he offers a far more nuanced understanding, based on careful philological analysis of Islamic texts in conjunction with the application of contemporary methodologies in anthropology, history, and the study of religion. The result is a text that will be of interest to students of religion, ethics, history, the ancient and modern Middle East, anthropology, Islam, the Bible, and the medieval world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195154948
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
978,154
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Transliterations
Introduction3
1Islam and Holy War13
2The Pre-Islamic World19
3The Qur'an: The Traditional Reading and Its Inherent Weakness47
4The Qur'an on War: A New Reading67
5The Prophetic Sunna99
6The Sira105
7Conclusion: From Mundane War to Holy War127
Notes135
Glossary173
Bibliography175
Index of Scriptural Citations187
Subject Index191

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