Understanding Jihad / Edition 1

Understanding Jihad / Edition 1

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by David Cook
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520244486

ISBN-13: 9780520244481

Pub. Date: 05/23/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

First published in 2005, Understanding Jihad unravels the tangled historical, intellectual, and political meanings of jihad within the context of Islamic life.
In this revised and expanded second edition, author David Cook has included new material in light of pivotal developments such as the extraordinary events of the Arab Spring, the death of

Overview

First published in 2005, Understanding Jihad unravels the tangled historical, intellectual, and political meanings of jihad within the context of Islamic life.
In this revised and expanded second edition, author David Cook has included new material in light of pivotal developments such as the extraordinary events of the Arab Spring, the death of Usama b. Ladin, and the rise of new Islamic factions such as ISIS.

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 an inner spiritual struggle. This judiciously balanced, accessibly written, and highly relevant book looks closely at a range of sources from sacred Islamic texts to modern interpretations, opening a critically important perspective on the role of Islam in the contemporary world.

David Cook cites from scriptural, legal, and newly translated texts to give readers insight into the often ambiguous information that is used to construct Islamic doctrine. 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 manifestos issued by Usama b. Ladin and Palestinian suicide-martyrs.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244481
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/23/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
269
Sales rank:
1,242,080
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments


Introduction

1. Qur an and Conquest
2. The “Greater Jihad” and the “Lesser Jihad”
3. The Crystallization of Jihad Theory: Crusade and Counter-Crusade
4. Jihad during the Nineteenth Century: Renewal and Resistance
5. Radical Islam and Contemporary Jihad Theory
6. Globalist Radical Islam and Martyrdom Operations
7. The Rise of Jihadi States
Afterword

Appendix: Some Translated Documents

Communiqué from the Armed Islamic Group (Algeria; September 8, 1995)
World Islamic Front for Jihad against Zionists and Crusaders: Declaration of War (February 23, 1998)
A Communiqué from Qa Idat Al-Jihad Concerning the Testaments of the Heroes and the Legality of the Washington and New York Operations (April 24, 2002)
The Importance of Jihad, on the Goals of Jihad (by Ali al-Aliyani)
Under the Shadow of the Spears (by Sulayman Abu Ghayth)
Translation of “The Last Night”
“Our Sharii Stance with Regard to the Government of the Iraqi Karzai” (by Abu Musab al-Zasqawi¯)
“Proclamation of the Caliphate” (by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, June 29, 2014)
The Revival of Slavery before the Hour (from Dabiq, October 14, 2014)

Timeline
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography

Index

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Understanding Jihad 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.