Jihad by Definition and Implication
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The paper discusses how although jihad is perceived as a call to holy war and a justification for religious violence, it is untrue and actually demonstrates that the core tenets of Islam itself are misunderstood both by the West and by Muslims. The paper explains that jihad essentially calls for Muslim forces to have pure intentions in the fight for Allah's glory, while today, many powers have exploited the purposes of jihad through various means of political and media-based propaganda. However, the paper notes that jihad as referring to holy war will, for all intents and purposes, remain the dominant meaning today.
From the Paper:"This is an important point to consider in light of the way that many Muslim forces, though armed with verifiable political objectives in the face of American aggression, have exploited the purposes of jihad through various means of political and media-based propaganda. Underlying a front wave of media doled ideas is an infrastructure of potential beneficiaries. The cause of jihad, precious to terrorist organizations and members within many active Arab governments, is supposedly driven by the purest of spiritual obligations. However, in many cases, the source of the message calls question to the actual purity of the ideology. It is fair to suggest that the internal characteristics of this stance against infidels belies the theoretical motivation of religiosity. Governments that have vociferously appealed to Allah's demands have been successful in attracting the attention of their constituencies and that region of the world has been inundated with holy warriors willing, and sometimes eager, to die for the cause."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Crone, P. (2004). Medieval Islamic Political Thought. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Sachedina, A.A. (1990). The Development of Jihad in Islamic Revelation and History. Cross, Crescent, and Sword: The Justification of War in Western and Islamic Tradition: New York: Greenwood Press.
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