Struggling With Jihad

May 14, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, Queens College

Often defined as “holy war” or “just war,” jihad actually means “struggle” or “striving in the path of Allah,” according to Kristina Richardson, professor of Islamic history at Queens College. “Fighting and warfare are central things found in the Koran, but jihad itself does not have that same meaning,” she said. “These are misuses of the Koran and should not have been applied to modern Jews and Christians.” In a lecture at Queens College, “Myths and Realities of Jihad,” Prof. Richardson examines the theological debates surrounding “greater” and “lesser” jihads and the rise of a new jihad by current-day Muslim extremists.
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