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How Has the Global Salafi Terrorist Movement Affected Western Just War Thinking?

Martin L. Cook

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/9780199755042.003.0019
How Has the Global Salafi Terrorist Movement Affected Western Just War Thinking?

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The current and future conflict with jihadi groups in the global war on terrorism puts great pressure on much of the inherited just war tradition. The actors are not uniformed soldiers. They do not act in the name of and on behalf of a state. Their way of construing the aims of their conflict do not conform to the assumptions of the Westphalian international system at all—most dramatically in their quest for a global caliphate governed by shari‘a law. This chapter assesses the arguments presented for a radical rejection of existing just war standards in light of the threat posed by the global jihadi movement, as well as offers a constructive proposal for how and why existing just war standards may need augmentation or modification if the West is to respond to this threat in a way that is both effective and consonant with its fundamental values.

Keywords: just war; jihadi groups; terrorism; Westphalian international system; shari'a law; just war standards

Chapter.  9551 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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