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

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

by Reuven Firestone
     
 

While there exists no evidence to date that the indigenous inhabitants of Arabia knew of holy war prior to Islam, holy war ideas and behaviors appear already among Muslims during the first generation. This book focuses on why and how such a seemingly radical development took place. Basing his hypothesis on evidence from the Qur'an and early Islamic literary sources

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While there exists no evidence to date that the indigenous inhabitants of Arabia knew of holy war prior to Islam, holy war ideas and behaviors appear already among Muslims during the first generation. This book focuses on why and how such a seemingly radical development took place. Basing his hypothesis on evidence from the Qur'an and early Islamic literary sources, Firestone locates the origin of Islamic holy war and traces its evolution as a response to the changes affecting the new community of Muslims in its transition from ancient Arabian culture to the religious civilization of Islam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195154948
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
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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