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The Road to Martyrs' SquareA Journey into the World of the Suicide Bomber$
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Anne Marie Oliver and Paul F. Steinberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305593.001.0001

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. A Minor Jihad

. A Minor Jihad

6. A Minor Jihad
The Road to Martyrs' Square

Anne Marie Oliver

Paul F. Steinberg

Oxford University Press

After the interrogation they moved to Ibrahim's second house to have lunch. After lunch, Ibrahim dropped the authors back at the sheikh's house. Yasin spoke good English, but had called for a translator. It was the translator rather than the sheikh who answered most of the questions. Through the translator, the sheikh's reconciliatory remarks were further countered by statements about Jews who loved themselves and wanted to live all alone, and considered themselves a people chosen by God and everybody else a slave. For Yasin, jihad was a duty incumbent upon each Muslim. This was the standard understanding among the Muslim Brothers. Mahmud az–Zahar, then Hamas spokesman, had earlier elaborated the difference between “the minor jihad” and “the major jihad”. The major jihad involves strengthening one's will and self-management, whereas the minor jihad involves the defense of land, money, and honor.

Keywords:   jihad, Yasin, Muslim, minor jihad, major jihad

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