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.
"'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 Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University 'Mandatory reading...This new reappraisal of the evolution of the concept of Jihad in Islamic history...is particularly timely and welcome.' - from the Foreword by Zaki M. Badawi, Muslim College London '[A] sound, comprehensive and enlightening book on this greatly debated topic. It can be appreciated by [all] readers, given its objectivity, integrity and impartiality.' - Hassan Hanafi, Professor of Philosophy, Cairo University '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 journalists and politicians pause for thought, as well as the public in general. - Francis Robinson, Royal Holloway, University of London"
|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|
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Number Of Pages: 594
Published: 19th November 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.94
Edition Number: 1