Politics, theology and religion in Jihadist violence

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The global proliferation of jihadist violence over the past decades notwithstanding, many educated Westerners still view this phenomenon as a corollary of an extremist misinterpretation of jihad that has nothing to do with the concept's purported real meaning (i.e., an inner spiritual battle), or indeed with the actual spirit and teachings of Islam. Yet while the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims do not actively support the global jihadist movement, this does not make it a hijacker or distorter of Islam. Rather, both the movement's pronounced goals and modus operandi arise from or reflect Islam's authoritative texts, traditions, and history. But understanding this requires greater conceptual clarity about the interrelationship among the three Western categories at the heart of controversy: politics, theology, and religion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalMiddle East Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2019


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