Twenty-First Century Jihad: Law, Society and Military Action

Twenty-First Century Jihad: Law, Society and Military Action

by Elisabeth Kendall, Ewan Stein

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Twenty-First Century Jihad: Law, Society and Military Action by Elisabeth Kendall, Ewan Stein

The term 'jihad' has come to be used as a byword for fanaticism and Islam's allegedly implacable hostility towards the West. But, like other religious and political concepts, jihad has multiple resonances and associations, its meaning shifting over time and from place to place. Jihad has referred to movements of internal reform, spiritual struggle and self-defence as much as to 'holy war'. And among Muslim intellectuals, the meaning and significance of jihad remain subject to debate and controversy. With this in mind, Twenty-First Century Jihad examines the ways in which the concept of jihad has changed, from its roots in the Qur'an to its usage in current debate. This book explores familiar modern political angles, and touches on far less commonly analysed instances of jihad, incorporating issues of law, society, literature and military action. As this key concept is ever-more important for international politics and security studies, Twenty-First Century Jihad contains vital analysis for those researching the role of religion in the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784536718
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 01/30/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Elisabeth Kendall is Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Oxford University. She is the author of Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde: Intersection in Egypt (2006).Ewan Stein is Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Representing Israel in Modern Egypt: Ideas, Intellectuals and Foreign Policy from Nasser to Mubarak (I.B.Tauris, 2012).

Table of Contents

About the Contributors vii

Introduction Contextualising Twenty-First Century Jihad Elisabeth Kendall Ewan Stein 1

Prologue A Short History of Jihad Carole Hillenbrand 25

Part I Historical Antecedents of Contemporary Jihad

1 Divine Authority and Territorial Entitlement in the Hebrew Bible and the Qur'an Reuven Firestone 45

2 Early Competing Views on Jihad and Martyrdom Asma Afsaruddin 70

3 Definitions and Narratives of Martyrdom in Sunni Hadith Literature Roberta Denaro 82

4 The Non-Military Aspects of Kitab al-jihad Mustafa Baig 97

5 Responses to the Almoravid Intervention in al-Andalus Russell Hopley 112

6 The 'Greater' jihad in Classical Islam Gavin Picken 126

Part II Jihad in Modern Politics and Society

7 Sectarian Violence as Jihad Sami Zubaida 141

8 The New Qa'ida Wahhabists and the Revival of Jihad in Saudi Arabia Mansour Alnogaidan 152

9 The Muslim Brotherhood and Jihad Hossam Tammam 164

10 Jihad Discourse in Egypt under Muhammad Mursi Ewan Stein 176

11 Jihad as a Form of Struggle in the Resistance to Apartheid in South Africa Na'eem Jeenah 201

12 Women, Islam and War in Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories Maria Holt 216

13 Al-Qa'ida, Jihad and the 'Surge' Lt. Gen. Sir Simon Mayall 233

Part III Representations of Jihad in Modern Culture

14 Yemen's Al-Qa'ida and Poetry as a Weapon of Jihad Elisabeth Kendall 247

15 Poetics of Martyrdom in Early Modern Palestine Rana Issa 270

16 Hollywood and jihad Thomas Riegler 285

17 'Jihadists of the Pen' in Victorian England Eric Germain 297

18 The Appeal of Yusuf al-Qaradawi's Interpretation of jihad Sherman Jackson 312

19 What is New about Yusuf al-Qaradawi's jihad? Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannouchi 334

Index 351

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