Jihad : The Origin of Holy War in Islam

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While there exists no evidence to date that the indigenous inhabitants of Arabia knew of holy war prior to Islam, holy war ideas and behaviors appear already among Muslims during the first generation. This book focuses on why and how such a seemingly radical development took place. Basing his hypothesis on evidence from the Qur'an and early Islamic literary sources, Firestone locates the origin of Islamic holy war and traces its evolution as a response to the changes affecting the new community of Muslims in its transition from ancient Arabian culture to the religious civilization of Islam.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 12.7mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195154940
  • 9780195154948
  • 1,190,301

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This study casts new light on the difficulties experienced by the new Muslims as they adjusted from revered customs to a divinely directed new allegiance. It will add to our understanding of the first decades of Islam and further explain why success grew out of apparent failure. Not least is shows the human realities that lie beneath the surface of the historical sources and how the demands of religious conviction could overcome even the most deep-rooted conservatism. * David Thomas, Reviews in Religion and Theology *show more

About Reuven Firestone

About the Author Reuven Firestone is Professor of Judaism and Islam and Director of the Graduate School of Judaic Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.show more

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