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What is the Islamic, as opposed to Islamist, interpretation of the Verse of the Sword?

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Submitted by Mladen Andrijasevic (Israel), Aug 29, 2007 at 14:18

Daniel Pipes writes :"More practical and focused would be to reduce the threats of jihad and Shariah by banning Islamist interpretations of the Koran".

We already know what the Islamist interpretation of sura 9:5 is: "Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them". What is the Islamic interpretation of the Verse of the Sword?

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