Understanding Jihad / Edition 1

Understanding Jihad / Edition 1

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by David Cook
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520244486

ISBN-13: 9780520244481

Pub. Date: 05/23/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

Jihad is one of the most loaded and misunderstood terms in the news today. Contrary to popular understanding, the term does not mean "holy war." Nor does it simply refer to the inner spiritual struggle. This book, judiciously balanced, accessibly written, and highly relevant to today's events, unravels the tangled historical, intellectual, and political

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Jihad is one of the most loaded and misunderstood terms in the news today. Contrary to popular understanding, the term does not mean "holy war." Nor does it simply refer to the inner spiritual struggle. This book, judiciously balanced, accessibly written, and highly relevant to today's events, unravels the tangled historical, intellectual, and political meanings of jihad. Looking closely at a range of sources from sacred Islamic texts to modern interpretations, Understanding Jihad opens a critically important perspective on the role of Islam in the contemporary world.

As David Cook traces the practical and theoretical meanings of jihad, he cites from scriptural, legal, and newly translated texts to give readers a taste of the often ambiguous information that is used to construct Islamic doctrine. He looks closely at the life and teaching of the Prophet Muhammad and at the ramifications of the great Islamic conquests in 634 to 732 A.D. He sheds light on legal developments relevant to fighting and warfare, and places the internal, spiritual jihad within the larger context of Islamic religion. He describes some of the conflicts that occur in radical groups and shows how the more mainstream supporters of these groups have come to understand and justify violence. He has also included a special appendix of relevant documents including materials related to the September 11 attacks and published manifestoes issued by Osama bin Laden and Palestinian suicide-martyrs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244481
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/23/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
269
Sales rank:
519,946
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1Qur'an and conquest5
2The "greater jihad" and the "lesser jihad"32
3The crystallization of jihad theory : crusade and counter-crusade49
4Jihad during the nineteenth century : renewal and resistance73
5Radical Islam and contemporary jihad theory93
6Globalist radical Islam and martyrdom operations128
AppCommunique from the Armed Islamic Group (Algeria; September 8, 1995)169
AppWorld Islamic Front for Jihad against Zionists and Crusaders : declaration of war (February 23, 1998)173
AppCommunique from Qa 'Idat Al-jihad concerning the testaments of the heroes and the legality of the Washington and New York operations (April 24, 2002)175
AppThe importance of jihad, on the goals of jihad181
AppUnder the shadow of the spears189
AppTranslation of "The last night"195
App"Moments before the crash, by the Lord of the 19"202

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Understanding Jihad 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent introduction for anyone to the actual source material concerning Jihad from various Islamic scholars over the centuries. Again, it reinforces the fact that most of the attempts to sanitize the word by Western academics and Muslim apologists has no real basis in the Quran, Hadith or over a millenium of Islamic history, with the exception of the Sufi textbooks. I do not agree with all of his predictions, as he makes no mention of the self-starters and the influence of the internet, nor do I think ALL apologists have 'good' intentions. For the most part, this is an an excellent addition to introductory readings on the subject.