Understanding Islamist Terrorism
In his important and timely book, Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo reveals the truth about the classical Islamic doctrine of Jihad and the nature of Islamic violence today. He clearly explains the values, beliefs and logic that drive individuals such as Osama...
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In his important and timely book, Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo reveals the truth about the classical Islamic doctrine of Jihad and the nature of Islamic violence today. He clearly explains the values, beliefs and logic that drive individuals such as Osama bin Laden to commit acts of terror and the reasons which motivate suicide bombers.
The doctrine of war in Islam is a subject which is surrounded by much confusion. What all can agree is that war has featured overtly in Islamic theology and thought from its earliest days until now. Amidst the multitude of different interpretations which are sincerely held and practised by different individual Muslims, there is a �benchmark� against which all are compared. This is the well-defined classical interpretation which was followed in the early years of Islam, and to which modern Islamic terrorists look for their justification. This book seeks to trace the development of the classical doctrine in medieval times and how it is used in our own age.
Patrick Sookhdeo is Director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, a Christian research institute specializing in the status of Christian minorities in the Muslim world. Dr Sookhdeo is a well known lecturer and author who holds a Ph.D from London Universitys School of Oriental and African Studies and a D.D. from Western Seminary, Oregon, USA. A
- Foreword, Chapter 1: Introduction: The Interpratation Of Sources, Chapter 2: Sources: Qur'an, Hadith, Shari'a, Chapter 3: The Theology Of War, Peace And Empire-building, Chapter 4: History: Muhammad And His Successors, Chapter 5: Violent Sects And Movements Within Islam: Past And Present, Chapter 6: The Motivation Of Terrorists And Suicide Bombers, Chapter 7: The Making Of An Islamic Terrorist, Chapter 8: Contemporary Muslim Debate, Chapter 9: Reponses To Islamist Terrorism, Chapter 10: Conclusion, Appendix 1: Traditional Division Of Islam, Appendix 2: Modern Trends In Islam, Appendix 3: Various Networks Of Radical Islam, Appendix 4: 'bin Laden' Audiotape, Appendix 5: Editorial In Al-masaa (2 February 2004), Appendix 6: The Zarqawi Document, Glossary, References And Notes, Bibliography, Index Of Qur'an References, Index Of Hadith References, Index.