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Jihad : The Origin of Holy War in Islam - Reuven Firestone


The Origin of Holy War in Islam

Paperback Published: 1st July 2002
ISBN: 9780195154948
Number Of Pages: 208

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While there exists no evidence to date that the indigenous inhabitants of Arabia knew of holy war prior to Islam, holy war ideas and behaviors appear already among Muslims during the first generation. This book focuses on why and how such a seemingly radical development took place. Basing his hypothesis on evidence from the Qur'an and early Islamic literary sources, Firestone locates the origin of Islamic holy war and traces its evolution as a response to the changes affecting the new community of Muslims in its transition from ancient Arabian culture to the religious civilization of Islam.

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Prefacep. v
Transliterationsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Imaging Arabiap. 9
Islam and Holy Warp. 13
The Pre-Islamic Worldp. 19
The Qurān and Its Interpretation the Qurān as Transition Marker from Jāhiliyya to Islamp. 43
The Qurān the Traditional Reading and Its Inherent Weaknessp. 47
The Our qurān on War a New Readingp. 67
The Oral Traditionp. 93
The Prophetic Sunnap. 99
The S&U0016brap. 105
Conclusion from Mundane War to Holy Warp. 127
Notesp. 135
Glossaryp. 173
Bibliographyp. 175
Index of Scriptural Citationsp. 187
Subject Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780195154948
ISBN-10: 0195154940
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st July 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.45 x 16.71  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.32