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Striving in the Path of GodJihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought$
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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730933.003.0007

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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