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Introduction

Reuven Firestone

in Jihād

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780195154948
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849239 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154948.003.0001
Introduction

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This book is a study of the origins of the concept and application of warring defined now as “holy war” in the earliest period of Islamic history. It examines questions such as when and under what circumstances did the concept first appear in Islam and as the result of what historical, political, religious and social factors did it mature into classical expressions. It also examines its antecedents in pre-Islamic Arabian civilization. Part I centers on Arabia, particularly in the pre-Islamic period. Part II focuses on the Qurʾān as the earliest Islamic text and transition marker from pre-Islamic Arabian civilization to the religio-cultural civilization that became Islam. Part III looks on the tradition literature of Islam in the prophetic sunna and the biographical literature of Muḥammad.

Keywords: holy war; Arabia; Islam; Qurʾān; pre-Islamic Arabian civilization; sunna; Muḥammad

Chapter.  2273 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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