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Striving in the Path of God: Jihad and Martyrdom in Islamic Thought

Asma Afsaruddin


In popular and academic literature, jihād is often assumed to refer to “armed combat,” while martyrdom is understood to be invariably of the military kind. This perspective, derived mainly from legal texts, has led to discussions of jihād and martyrdom predominantly as concepts with fixed, universal meanings. In contradistinction to this approach, this book studies in a more holistic manner the range of significations that can be ascribed to particularly the term jihād from the earliest period to the contemporary period against the backdrop of specific socio-historical and political circumstan ... More

Keywords: Jihād, martyrdom, Qur’ān, hadīth, tafsīr, diachronic survey, sabr, edifying literature, hortatory literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199730933
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730933.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Asma Afsaruddin, author
Professor and Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University-Bloomington