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date: 07 July 2020

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This chapter focuses on three conceptualizations of jihad endemic in the Western Academy and subjects them to a critical analysis. It references interpretations of key verses in the Qur’an by some of the most prominent commentators in the pre-modern and modern periods and provides an overview of the key debates concerning the treatment of jihad in the Qur’an. The chapter concludes by assessing whether these predominant conceptualizations can be supported on the basis of the Qur’an and its interpretations. Furthermore, such an assessment has implications for whether the military jihad described in the Qur’an can be regarded as ‘holy war’, as is the frequent translation in Western languages.

Keywords: jihad, ṣabr, qitāl, jihad al-nafs;, āyat al-sayf, fī sabīl allāh

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