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Jihad: From Qu'ran to Bin Laden

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Jihad, ranging in concept from personal inner struggle to outright holy war, dates to the earliest manifestations of Islam. This book locates the origin of jihad, traces its evolution as an idea, and provides an intellectual history of the concept of jihad in Islam as well as how it has been misapplied by modern Islamic terrorists and suicide bombers. The book provides unique and balanced coverage of the historical evolution of the concept of jihad, and mainstream moderate ...

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Overview

Jihad, ranging in concept from personal inner struggle to outright holy war, dates to the earliest manifestations of Islam. This book locates the origin of jihad, traces its evolution as an idea, and provides an intellectual history of the concept of jihad in Islam as well as how it has been misapplied by modern Islamic terrorists and suicide bombers. The book provides unique and balanced coverage of the historical evolution of the concept of jihad, and mainstream moderate Islamic views of the concept from the Qu'ran to the twenty-first century.
Bonney covers topics such as interpretations of the Qu'ran, historical reactionaries, Sufi alternatives to political Islam, colonialism, twentieth century Jihadists, the Shia depiction of jihad and martyrdom, the jihadi ideology of the 1980s and 1990s, the Palestine Intifada, Osama Bin Laden, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This remarkably comprehensive presentation combines depth of historical detail with breadth of interpretive vision. It provides an in-depth alternative to alarmist and simplistic discussions that concentrate on current headlines. Bonney presents a fair and balanced picture of the full range of Muslim thought from medieval mystics to contemporary activists and militants." - John Voll, Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University

"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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403933720
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/16/2005
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Bonney is the head of the department of history, and director of the Centre for the History of Religious and Political Pluralism, Institute for the Study of Indo-Pakistan Relations, University of Leicester.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Zaki Badawi
• Introduction
• The Meanings of 'Struggle' in the Holy Qur'an and the Hadith* ibn Taymiyyah: Radical Reactionary or Restorer of the Tradition?
• ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab: Wahhabism as Sectarianism or Heresy?
• Sufi Alternatives to Political Islamism
• Opposition to Colonialism Without the Direction of Jihad
• Opposition to Colonialism With the Direction of Jihad
• Sunni Political Jihadists of the Twentieth-Century: Hasan Al-Banna, Qutb, Mawdudi
• The Shia Depiction of Jihad and Martyrdom (shahadat)
• The Jihadi Ideology of the 1980s and 1990s: Afghanistan, Kashmir, Chechnya and Central Asia
• The Palestine Intifada: The Ideology of the Jihadi Suicide Bomber
• Bin Laden and His Ideological Supporters
• Towards a Moderate Islamic Consensus
• Index

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