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Asma Afsaruddin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730933.001.0001

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Jihād and Martyrdom in Early and Late Treatises on the Merits of Jihād

Jihād and Martyrdom in Early and Late Treatises on the Merits of Jihād

(p.149) VI Jihād and Martyrdom in Early and Late Treatises on the Merits of Jihād
Striving in the Path of God

Asma Afsaruddin

Oxford University Press

Chapter Six deals extensively with the contents of independent fadā’il al-jihād works, which include the Kitāb al-Jihād of ’Abd Allāh Ibn al-Mubārak (d. 181/797), Kitāb al-jihād by Ibn Abī ’āṣim (d. 287/900); the Ahkām al-jihād wa-fadā’ilih by ’Abd al-’Azīz b. ’Abd al-Salām al-Sulamī (d. 660/1262) and the Mashāri’ al-ashwāq ilāmaṣāri’ al-ushshāq of Ibn al-Nahhas (d. 814/1411). The extensive comparison of the contents of these works allows for the mapping of the changing semantic landscape, as reflected in this primarily hadith-based discourse, and permits the establishment of a repertoire of meanings assigned to the termjihad and its socio-political function in different historical contexts. In both chapters Five and Six, the chains of transmission of a number of these reports are scrutinized in order to single out their most prolific narrators and discern the probable motivations for the propagation of these reports.

Keywords:   fadā’il al-jihād, ’Abd Allāh Ibn al-Mubārak, Ibn Abī’āṣim, ’Abd al-’Azīz b. ’Abd al-Salām al-Sulamī, Ibn al-Nahhas

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