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Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror$
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Alia Brahimi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562961.001.0001

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Jus Ad Bellum in Al Qaeda's Jihad

Jus Ad Bellum in Al Qaeda's Jihad

(p.125) Chapter 5 Jus Ad Bellum in Al Qaeda's Jihad
Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror

Alia Brahimi (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter continues the discussion of the Islamic jus ad bellum by looking at Osama bin Laden's just war claims in three other areas: right authority, last resort, and reasonable hope of success. In setting out al‐Qaeda's case for war, bin Laden does not depend solely on faith‐based statements about good versus evil. Instead, he offers a series of sometimes intricate arguments that connect with the jihad tradition and endeavour to present al‐Qaeda's cause as authorized, necessary, and practical. Despite his best efforts, however, the legacy of bin Laden's case for the resort to war is that of innovation.

Keywords:   Osama bin Laden, Ayman al‐Zawahiri, al‐Qaeda, jihad, just war, Islam, Islamic law, right authority, last resort, reasonable hope of success

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