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Jihad: Holy War, Just War, or Terrorism?

jihad with either holy war or terrorism cannot be supported in the broad mainstream of Muslim understandings of jihad, both historical and contemporary. Instead, the jihad tradition has much more in common with the Western just war tradition than it does with holy war or terrorism.
When Apr 08, 2005
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library
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SOHAIL HASHMI

Associate Professor of International Relations, Mount Holyoke College

 

Sohail Hashmi is Associate Professor of International Relations and Alumnae Foundation Chair in the Social Sciences at Mount Holyoke College. His research and teaching interests focus on comparative international ethics, particularly concepts of just war and peace. His most recent publications include two edited volumes: Islamic Political Ethics: Civil Society, Pluralism, and Conflict (Princeton, 2002) and Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Religious and Secular Perspectives (Cambridge, 2004). He has also published on such topics as sovereignty, humanitarian intervention, tolerance, and the theory of jihad. Hashmi received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton.

International Relations Program, Mount Holyoke College

Jihad: Holy War, Just War, or Terrorism?

Jihad is identified with the notion of "holy war" by many Westerners and by some Muslims. Many radical Muslim groups also argue that jihad can be conducted by terrorism when the circumstances demand it. But the association of jihad with either holy war or terrorism cannot be supported in the broad mainstream of Muslim understandings of jihad, both historical and contemporary. Instead, the jihad tradition has much more in common with the Western just war tradition than it does with holy war or terrorism.