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The Middle Path of Moderation in IslamThe Qur'anic Principle of Wasatiyyah$
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.001.0001

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Moderation in Jihad

Moderation in Jihad

(p.158) XVII Moderation in Jihad
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks into the meaning, definition, scriptural evidence, and history of jihad, while drawing attention in the meantime to the widespread misunderstanding of this concept by both the Western media and jihadist radicals. This rather pervasive misinformation on jihad has left the general public ill-informed about the correct meaning of jihad as a perpetual struggle against one’s lower self, egotism, and caprice. The chapter also reviews the rules of war in Shari’ah and their application to jihad, followed by an opinion survey of the Fiqh Academy and leading scholars on terrorism and violence—drawing the conclusion that much of the so-called jihad in our time fails to qualify the proper rules of jihad.

Keywords:   media, self-defense, misunderstanding, extremism, war, guidelines

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