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Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror

Alia Brahimi


In the ‘war on terror’ both sides have taken great pains to justify their actions in moral terms. As force is employed so are sophisticated arguments which directly invoke the just war traditions of the West and Islam. This book explores the moral‐theological arguments for war offered by the George W. Bush administration and al‐Qaeda. It examines the way in which these actors have drawn upon key just war concepts and, in some cases, reconceptualized their scope and content. The book's principal contention is that, in significant ways, the just war arguments of Bush and bin Laden are inconsiste ... More

Keywords: George W. Bush administration, al‐Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, just war, jihad, morality, war on terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199562961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alia Brahimi, author
Global Security Research Fellow, London School of Economics; Senior Research Associate, Oxford University Changing Character of War Programme.
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