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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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Modern and Contemporary Debates on Jihād and Martyrdom I

Modern and Contemporary Debates on Jihād and Martyrdom I

Political and Militant Perspectives

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(p.205) VIII Modern and Contemporary Debates on Jihād and Martyrdom I
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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/9780199730933.003.0009

Chapter Eight discusses how late medieval discourses on jihād in particular have been appropriated and selectively adapted for new political and ideological ends by political ideologues and radical Islamists in the contemporary period. In the first group are included Hasan al-Bannā, Abū’l-’Alā’ Mawdūdi, Sayyid Qutb, Ayatullah Khomeini, and Muhammad ’Abd al-Salām Faraj from the twentieth century. From the post-September 11 period the views of Abū Yahyāal-Lībī; Yūsuf al-Qaradāwī, and Abū Baṣīr al-Tartūsī are discussed among others. The Islamicizing rhetoric of these ideologues and radicals are subjected to a close analysis and how they use and misuse the classical and later sources to grant religious legitimacy to their various enterprises is scrutinized in detail. Attention is also paid to the views of the last three on particularly suicide bombings.

Keywords:   jihād, suicide bombings, Hasan al-Bannā, Abū’l-’Alā’ Mawdūdi, Sayyid Qutb, Ayatullah Khomeini, ’Abd al-Salām Faraj, AbūYahyāal-Lībī, Yūsuf al-Qaradāwī, and AbūBaṣīr al-Tartūsī

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