Accession Number : ADA258362
Title : Jihad: Islamic Thought and Practice
Descriptive Note : Research rept.
Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
Personal Author(s) : Middleton, Gordon R
Report Date : Jan 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 22
Abstract : Jihad, commonly translated in Western publications as holy war, has become a disturbingly familiar term. Saddam Hussein called for a jihad against the Western Coalition forces in late 1990, and at the same time, Saudi Arabia declared a jihad against Hussein's invading Iraqi forces. Understanding the historical development and use of the concept of jihad is important to comprehend current events within the Islamic spheres of influence and their relations with the West. This paper traces the origin and development of the Islamic concept of jihad. It emphasizes the historical roots of the doctrine of jihad and its manifestations and justification as a means to understand the role of jihad in current Islamic thought and practice.
Descriptors : *ISLAM , *HISTORY , *EVOLUTION(DEVELOPMENT) , *DOCTRINE , MIDDLE EAST , AFRICA , CONFRONTATION , IRAN , TERRORISM , POLITICAL REVOLUTION , ASIA
Subject Categories : Humanities and History
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE