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Jihād : the origin of holy war in Islam
Firestone, Reuven, 1952-
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 195 pages ; 25 cm
Reading Level:
1690 Lexile.
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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 hishypothesis 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 ofIslam.

Author Notes

Reuven Firestone is Professor of Judaism and Islam and Director of the Graduate School of Judaic Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Transliterationsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Part I Imaging Arabiap. 9
1 Islam and Holy Warp. 13
2 The Pre-Islamic Worldp. 19
Part II The Qurān and Its Interpretation the Qurān as Transition Marker from Jāhiliyya to Islamp. 43
3 The Qurān the Traditional Reading and Its Inherent Weaknessp. 47
4 The Our qurān on War a New Readingp. 67
Part III The Oral Traditionp. 93
5 The Prophetic Sunnap. 99
6 The S&U0016brap. 105
7 Conclusion from Mundane War to Holy Warp. 127
Notesp. 135
Glossaryp. 173
Bibliographyp. 175
Index of Scriptural Citationsp. 187
Subject Indexp. 191