Dec 28 2002

Jihad Double Trouble

For centuries now, the cry of “Jihad!” has stirred up fear and religious fervor. With Islam gaining an ever-growing political presence, both critics and friends of Islam have weighed in on what this provocative word “really” means. Public responses from non-Muslims have tended to cluster around the extremes. At one end are those who see jihad as a central tenet of Islam which sanctions, and even encourages, ongoing violence against non-Muslims. On this view, Islam is itself a clear and present danger, both on the world stage and in our own backyard.
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