Jihad: From Qu'ran to Bin Laden

Paperback | January 9, 2007

byRichard Bonney

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This book locates the origin of Jihad and traces its evolution as an idea with the 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 a 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.

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This book locates the origin of Jihad and traces its evolution as an idea with the 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 a unique and balanced coverage of the historical evolution of the concept of Jihad, and mainst...

RICHARD BONNEY is Head of Department of History at the University of Leicester.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 8.53 × 5.44 × 1.28 inPublished:January 9, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230507026

ISBN - 13:9780230507029

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"A comprehensive treatment of the subject both from the perspective of the development of the idea of Jihad in Muslim and general global thinking, but also a good critical introduction to the history of the doctrine in Muslim theology and jurisprudence. A fair and judicious treatment of the subject which will be welcomed by all readers."--Muhammad Khalid Masud, International Institute for Islam in the Modern World, The Netherlands"Richard Bonney's work on Jihad presents the most comprehensive analysis of the topic ever written, covering the time period from the revelation of the Quran up through contemporary events. Bonney effectively demonstrates that there is no single interpretation of jihad, but that interpretations have varied according to historical circumstance, geographical location, and political need. Exhaustively researched and highly detailed, it adds an important historical dimension to the ongoing debates about contemporary interpretations and distortions of jihad as holy war."--Natana DeLong-Bas, author of Wahhabi Islam and Notable Muslims"Such books would help our efforts aimed at clearing away misunderstanding about Islam--especially the Jihad--by the Western world."--Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq, Minister for Religious Affairs, Pakistan