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Ibn ‘Asakir and the Intensification and Reorientation of Sunni Jihad Ideology in Crusader-Era Syria

Suleiman A. Mourad and James E. Lindsay

in Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755042
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950508 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755042.003.0005
Ibn ‘Asakir and the Intensification and Reorientation of Sunni Jihad Ideology in Crusader-Era Syria

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The arrival of the crusaders in Syria led several scholars to rally the Muslims around a renewed ideology of jihad. This chapter examines the work of Ibn ‘Asakir of Damascus (d. 1176). His works offer our best source of information on the types of religious radicalization that occurred during the first period of crusader presence (that is prior to the emergence of Saladin and the Third Crusade), especially in the Muslim understanding and attitude toward the duty of jihad.

Keywords: Ibn ‘Asakir; Crusades; jihad; Damascus; radicalization; Saladin

Chapter.  9411 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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