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Jihad (your definition)

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Submitted by Wolf Lorber (United States), Nov 22, 2011 at 20:45

Dear Daniel:

You speak Arabic (but are not a snob about it), and have the right to define Jihad. I tend to accept your definition, but solely on trust because I'm not a scholar. However, you give Jihad a singular meaning. Is it not possible, as some Arab apologists claim, that Jihad has multiple meanings just as many English words do? ...Wolf

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Linguistically, jihad has several meanings. In the context of religion, politics, and warfare, it has only one.

For more on that meaning, see my article, http://www.danielpipes.org/990/what-is-jihad

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