Right to War in the Islamic Tradition: Jihad and its Compatibility with Modern International Law (will be submitted to the publisher in April 2014)

Onder Bakircioglu

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Abstract

In the last century, Islam drew the world’s attention though such phenomena as the Islamic revolution in Iran, the fierce Muslim resistance against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the assassination of Egypt’s President Sadat by a radical Islamic group. But it was when Osama Bin Laden and his organization Al Qaeda were established to have been behind the 11 September attacks in the US, the age-old images of Islam, the fanatical and belligerent religion threatening what the Western world stands for, were revitalized. The impact of 9/11 attacks was so great that even balanced portrayals of Islam were eclipsed by stereotypical images of a fundamental, anti-Western and warmongering religion that bore the hallmarks of medieval prejudices and rhetoric. The popular image tailored for the Western audience reflected Islam as monolithic, intrinsically aggressive, and determined to engage in religious wars against the interests and values of the Western civilisation.
This book intends to help reduce, at least to a reasonable degree, the impact of sweeping, and at times tendentious, generalisations about Islamic laws of warfare. The main purpose of this book is to place the legal, cultural and historical practices of Islamic wars in their broader socio-political contexts, thereby establishing that there has been no undisputed understanding of what defensive or aggressive warfare entails in Islam, whether in doctrine or in practice.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRouteldge
Number of pages300
Publication statusAccepted - Aug 2013

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International Law
Islam
Jihad
Compatibility
Religion
September 11 Attacks
Warfare
Western Civilization
Islamic Law
Attack
Rhetoric
Prejudice
Iran
Doctrine
Al Qaeda
Medieval Period
Afghanistan
Fundamental
Portrayal
Muslims

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