Jihad Beyond Islam

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Berg, Aug 7, 2006 - Social Science - 184 pages
"Jihad" is a highly charged word. Often mistranslated as "Holy War", it has become synonymous with terrorism. Current political events have entirely failed to take account of the subtlety and complexity of jihad. Like many concepts with a long history, different cultural ideas have influenced the religious aspects of jihad. As a result its original meaning has been adapted, modified and destabilized--never more than at the present time. How does jihad manifest itself in Muslims' everyday lives? What impact has 9/11 and its backlash had on it? By observing the current crisis of identity among ordinary Muslims, this timely book explores why, and in what circumstances Muslims speak of jihad. Marranci offers us a nuanced and sophisticated anthropological understanding of Muslims' lives beyond the predictable cliché.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
From the Quran to the Islamic State
17
3 I am What I Feel to Be
31
4 Discussing Jihad with Muslim Migrant Men
53
5 Sofas Families Tellies and Jihad
73
6 Baraka CocaCola and Salah alDin
97
7 Modern Nasibahs?
117
8 AntiSemitism Westernophobia and Jihad
139
The Sword of Damocles
157
Glossary
161
Index
176
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Gabriele Marranci is Lecturer in the Anthropology of Religion, School of Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen.

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