Jihad And The West
While there is no precise definition of the term, the meaning of Jihad is far more complex. In fact, the term Jihad generally refers to the struggle one must undertake as one "strive[s] in the path of God". That struggle is defined both externally and internally. As so, they are classified in terms of an external struggle with enemies or non believers, or an internal struggle with oneself to reject greed and temptation. While popular opinion has been misconstrued to see Jihad as a malevolent, violent action; a serious investigation of the term's historical and religious background reveals a multi-defined word. The term "Jihad" used without any qualifiers is generally understood in the West to be referring to holy war on behalf of Islam. In broader usage and interpretation, the term has accrued both violent and non-violent meanings. It can simply mean striving to live a moral and virtuous life, spreading and defending Islam as well as fighting injustice and oppression, among other things. The relative importance of these two forms of Jihad is a matter of controvers
S M Arif
S M Arif is Post- Graduate and M Phil in Political Science having specialization and interest in Comparative Politics, Contemporary Political Theory and Western Political Thoughts. He is a highly educated and qualified scholar having several years of teaching experience. He is at present Research Scientist associated with the Department.
Preface V 1.The Days of the Prophet -- Pg. 1 2. Islam Beyond Arabia -- Pg. 47 3. The Conquest of Makkah -- Pg. 85 4. The Farewell Pilgrimage -- Pg. 157 5. The Ottoman Advent -- Pg. 197 6. Colonialism Muslim Style -- Pg. 209 7. The Great Unholy Wars: Dar al Harb -- Pg. 227 8. Terrorism in the West -- Pg. 243 Bibliography -- Pg. 273 Index -- Pg. 277