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

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

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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 Quran 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.

Table of Contents


Contextualising Twenty-First Century Jihad
Elisabeth Kendall and Ewan Stein


A Short History of Jihad
Carole Hillenbrand

Part I | Historical Antecedents of Contemporary Jihad

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

Early Competing Views on Jihad and Martyrdom
Asma Afsaruddin

Definitions and Narratives of Martyrdom in Sunni Hadith Literature
Roberta Denaro

The Non-Military Aspects of Kitab al-Jihad
Mustafa Baig

Responses to the Almoravid Intervention in al-Andalus
Russell Hopley

The 'Greater' Jihad in Classical Islam
Gavin Picken

Part II | Jihad in Modern Politics and Society

Sectarian Violence as Jihad
Sami Zubaida

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

The Muslim Brotherhood and Jihad
Hossam Tammam

Jihad Discourse in Egypt under Muhammad Mursi
Ewan Stein

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

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

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

Part III | Representations of Jihad in Modern Culture

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

Poetics of Martyrdom in Early Modern Palestine
Rana Issa

Hollywood and Jihad
Thomas Riegler

'Jihadists of the Pen' in Victorian England
Eric Germain

The Appeal of Yusuf al-Qaradawi's Interpretation of Jihad
Sherman Jackson

What is New about Yusuf al-Qaradawi's Jihad?
Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannouchi


Author Info

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).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780769165
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2015
Number of Pages: 336
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 2 line, 2 bw integrated

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