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The appalling Considine and jihad

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Submitted by ECAW (United Kingdom), Sep 14, 2016 at 04:18

The funny thing is that Considine need only walk across the campus at Rice university to learn the truth about jihad from David Cook, professor of Religious Studies, who wrote:

"Jihad, like other words taken from a religious context, has a long history and a complex set of meanings. Conventionally it is translated as "holy war", but this definition, associated with the medieval Crusades, is usually rejected by Muslims as too narrowly Christian. In Arabic, the word's meaning is literally "striving" or "exerting oneself", with the implication, on the basis of its usage in the Qur'an, "with regard to one's religion". Many contemporary Muslim writers, recognizing the negative connotations that jihad has acquired in European languages, maintain that the word means nothing more than "striving". Yet this position, predominant among Muslim apologists writing in non-Muslim (predominantly Western) languages, is disingenuous...

Warfare with spiritual significance" is the primary and root meaning of the term as it has been defined by classical Muslim jurists and legal scholars and as it was practised by Muslims during the premodern era. This meaning is sustained in the standard definition given in the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam: "In law, according to general doctrine and in historical tradition, the jihad consists of military action with the object of the expansion of Islam and, if need be, of its defense." This terse summary of Muslim law and history is the standard, scholarly one."


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Marxist acedemia [53 words]Pershing KassOct 3, 2016 14:23233137
1Academia hates the West more than they hate the East. [69 words]LynnSep 26, 2016 08:37233013
so true [30 words]dianne gallenSep 13, 2016 13:22232661
1Not a bright future for leftist professors. [141 words]Michael SSep 13, 2016 03:15232644
2Smoke, Mirrors and Other Sociobabble DIscourse [379 words]Pied PiperSep 13, 2016 02:42232643
7Objective criticism of Islam [497 words]PrashantSep 12, 2016 22:52232640
4i.e: "HA HA THE TERRORISTS TERRIFIED YOU, YOU WUSSIES!" [353 words]
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UNCLE VLADDISep 12, 2016 19:09232637
2Terrified = Terrorized [46 words]DajjalSep 15, 2016 23:09232637
3Christopher Bail and his flawed methodology [168 words]dhimmi no moreSep 12, 2016 16:25232634
So I ask once more: What is a moderate Muslim? [39 words]Daniel GurevichSep 12, 2016 15:30232633
Between what poles moderate Muslims moderate [168 words]PrashantSep 14, 2016 20:47232633
Not a proper answer [40 words]Fragonard, PxSep 15, 2016 12:40232633
4Horrible scholarship from American Academia? [168 words]dhimmi no moreSep 12, 2016 13:24232626
2The appalling Considine and jihad [238 words]ECAWSep 14, 2016 04:18232626
1Yes, Considine is Appalling. [117 words]Peter HerzSep 16, 2016 18:42232626
2Jihad means holy war The lesser jihad hadith? It is spurious [228 words]dhimmi no moreSep 17, 2016 07:32232626
2Ibn Kathir wrote that Jesus died for 3 days and was resurrected! No I'm not kidding [235 words]dhimmi no moreSep 17, 2016 07:54232626
Gibberish [1434 words]ECAWSep 19, 2016 05:42232626
1googletranslate is not Shakespeare [28 words]dhimmi no moreSep 20, 2016 06:21232626
Maybe he's only half wrong - [27 words]
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MarkSep 12, 2016 08:22232619
Isn't it weird.... [174 words]ECAWSep 12, 2016 03:57232603
3Mainstream Islam? [56 words]DajjalSep 12, 2016 03:09232601
1Academics Today [78 words]KateSep 12, 2016 00:34232591
What can of education did he receive? [8 words]stevenlSep 12, 2016 00:07232588
Here is the way to reverse the leftward drift of academia [242 words]Stuart FaginSep 11, 2016 22:02232577
1Terrifying: How Pro-Islamist Organizations Became Mainstream [333 words]DaveSep 11, 2016 21:56232576
1Critical theory? [93 words]donSep 11, 2016 20:13232562

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