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Jihad: Arab States
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There is, especially in the West, a popular misconception that jihad means “holy war,” referring only to military struggle against non-Muslims with the purpose of spreading Islam. Both scholars of Islam and Muslim activists alike, however, stress the wider meaning of jihad, which refers more generally to praiseworthy and pious efforts, “the struggle against one's bad inclinations,” and “the struggle for the good of Muslim society and against corruption an…

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Allen, Lori A., “Jihad: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0098a>
First published online: 2009

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