"Richard Bonney's work on Jihad presents the most comprehensive analysis of the topic ever written, covering the time period from the revelation of the Quran up through contemporary events. Bonney effectively demonstrates that there is no single interpretation of jihad, but that interpretations have varied according to historical circumstance, geographical location, and political need. Exhaustively researched and highly detailed, it adds an important historical dimension to the ongoing debates about contemporary interpretations and distortions of jihad as holy war." - Dr Natana DeLong-Bas, author of Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad and Notable Muslims: A Biographical Dictionary
"Richard Bonney, in this timely and important work, studies the evolution of the concept of jihad, or struggle in the way of the Lord, in Muslim history. ... Bonney makes a major step forward in bringing much real learning to our understanding of jihad, which is too often distorted by sheer ignorance. This book should give jourbanalists and politicians pause for thought, as well as the public in general."Francis Robinson, Royal Holloway, University of London.