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Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Encounters and Exchanges - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Encounters and Exchanges

Sohail H. Hashmi


This book explores the development of ideas of morally justified or legitimate war in Western and Islamic civilizations. Historically, these ideas have been grouped under three labels: just war, holy war, and jihad. The twenty chapters of this book explore two broad questions: What historical evidence exists that Christian and Jewish writers on just war and holy war and Muslim writers on jihad knew of the other tradition? What is the evidence in treatises, chronicles, speeches, ballads, and other historical records, or in practice, that either tradition influenced the other? The book surveys t ... More

Keywords: just war, holy war, jihad, Crusades, terrorism, international law, Ottoman Empire

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199755042
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sohail H. Hashmi, editor
Mount Holyoke College

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3 God’s War and His Warriors

Michael Philip Penn

4 Imagining the Enemy

Joshua C. Birk

6 Angles of Influence

G. Scott Davis

17 The Jewish Law of War

Suzanne Last Stone


James Turner Johnson

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