Yusuf al-Qaradawi, probably the single most influential living Sunni Islamist figure, has just written a major book entitled Fiqh al-Jihad (The. Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an Egyptian Islamic theologian based in Doha, Qatar, and chairman of the International Union of. In some of the most animated pages of Fiqh al-Jihad, Qaradawi compares the Byzantium and Persian empires around the seventh century to.

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I have the pleasure of introducing Nelly Lahouda political theorist working on Islamism. She has published several books viqh has a new one on jihadi ideology coming out next year. Nelly is on my wish list for guest bloggers, but she has not yet been able to join us for a more extended period of time.

She has nevertheless taken the time to write the following piece for us. Controversies have not escaped jihadd Sometimes his statements generated controversies because he was misunderstood or misread; on other occasions, he might have purposely left his statements ambiguous perhaps to invite controversy. In addition to addressing the Muslim community at large, including moderate and extremist political groups, al-Qaradawi explicitly states that he is keen for his book to reach a non-Muslim audience.


More specifically, he wants his book to be translated so that military experts in the Pentagon can read it, he is keen to reach Muslim and non-Muslim public intellectuals, historians and politicians, Orientalists and those who promote jjhad dialogue. In the former case, jihad is to be considered as a communal duty fard kifaya.

This means qaradwi not all Muslims are required to take up jihad if enough of them volunteered to fight thus providing the desired security.

This aspect, he explains, is intrinsic to the territorial sovereignty of the modern state and is a matter that all modern states agree upon. I think we can all agree that some uihad these statements that have generated controversy were not simply due to misreading, misunderstanding, or ambiguity.

His support of suicide bombings, in certain contexts, for example.

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His insistence that apostates must be killed. These have been unambiguous.

In a sense, this is beside the qardawi thrust of this post, but I think a clarification was in order lest we view Qaradawi as a bulwark against Islamism. It is very interesting that he explicitly says that he is writing this in the jinad it will be translated for Pentagon analysts among others. An audience targeted, but targeted for what?


I would suggest Qaradawi is quite legitimate in terms of understanding Islamism of a non violent form.

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With respect to his writings, I can tell you that he is well-qualified and commands qardaawi great following, if not respect for his scholarship myself included. It would serve our intelligence community well to have his works translated and studied in a secure environment — they have immense value for a variety of applications.

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What is jihad then according to al-Qaradawi? Fizazi Joining Recantation Club? Comments I am thrilled to see this book being addressed on Jihadica. Jiha one thing… You write: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.