Jihad in Islamic History Doctrines and Practice

ISBN-10: 0691138389
ISBN-13: 9780691138381
Edition: 2006
Authors: Michael Bonner
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

What is jihad? Does it mean violence, as many non-Muslims assume? Or does it mean peace, as some Muslims insist? Because jihad is closely associated with the early spread of Islam, today's debate about the origin and meaning of jihad is nothing less than a struggle over Islam itself. InJihad in Islamic History, Michael Bonner provides the first study in English that focuses on the early history of jihad, shedding much-needed light on the most recent controversies over jihad. To some, jihad is the essence of radical Islamist ideology, a synonym for terrorism, and even proof of Islam's innate violence. To others, jihad means a peaceful, individual, and internal spiritual striving. Bonner, however, shows that those who argue that jihad means only violence or only peace are both wrong. Jihad is a complex set of doctrines and practices that have changed over time and continue to evolve today. TheQuran's messages about fighting and jihad are inseparable from its requirements of generosity and care for the poor. Jihad has often been a constructive and creative force, the key to building new Islamic societies and states. Jihad has regulated relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, in peace as well as in war. And while today's "jihadists" are in some ways following the "classical" jihad tradition, they have in other ways completely broken with it. Written for general readers who want to understand jihad and its controversies,Jihad in Islamic Historywill also interest specialists because of its original arguments.

List of Maps
Symbols and Accent Marks
Preface
Introduction
What Is Jihad?
Just War and Holy War
Warfare and Jihad
Fields of Debate
Historiography and Origins
Readings
The Quran and Arabia
Combat in the Quran
Gift and Reciprocity
Fighting and Recompense
""The Beggar and the Warrior""
Readings
Muhammad and His Community
Sira and Maghazi: Sacred History
Hadith: The Norm
Themes of Jihad in the Hadith
Fighting

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