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The Holy War Idea in Western and Islamic Traditions (Occasional Papers)
The Holy War Idea in Western and Islamic Traditions (Occasional Papers) by James Turner Johnson 0271016337 9780271016337
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The Holy War Idea in Western and Islamic Traditions (Occasional Papers) by James Turner Johnson

A 1998 CHOICE Outstanding Academic BookA comparison of the religious and cultural traditions of Islam and the Christian West on the meaning of war for religion.An impressive work, which contributes to the needed dialogue between these two cultures and religions. Highly recommended. ChoiceIn this book James Turner Johnson explores the cultural traditions of the Christian West and Islam, in an effort to encourage a constructive dialogue on the nature of war for religion. No other issue highlights the difference between these two cultures more clearly or with more relevance for their interrelations throughout history and in the contemporary world. In the West, war for religion is most often dismissed as a relic of the past, belonging to a time less rational and less civilized than our own. From this perspective, Muslims who advocate holy war are seen as religious fanatics who are supporting criminal and terrorist activity. By contrast, war for religion has an honored place in the Islamic world, associated with a perennial religious requirement: striving in the path of faith by heart, tongue, and hands. This striving is designated by the now familiar term jihad. In fact, striving by the sword is the lesser jihad, and many Muslims themselves are troubled by reductionistic appeals to jihad to justify terrorism, revolution, and anti-western activity. According to Johnson, for there to be any dialogue between Islam and the West we must understand that in the West religion and politics are placed in separate spheres, while normative Islam regards religion as properly integral to the political order. From this perspective religious concerns should have a place in statecraft, including the useof military force.Three questions form the heart of Johnsons inquiry: Is there a legitimate justification for war for religion? What authority is required? What is the proper conduct in such wars? In each case, he asks the

Author: James Turner Johnson

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 208

Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University Press

Publication Date: 1997-05-01

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