Jihad is neither simply a blind and bloody-minded scrabble for temporal power nor solely a door through which to pass into the hereafter. Rather it is a form of political action in which … the pursuit of immortality is inextricably linked to a profoundly this-worldly endeavor—the founding or re-creation of a just community on earth.
Jihad and Political Violence
Roxanne L. Euben, an associate professor of political science at Wellesley College, is author of Enemy in the Mirror: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Limits of Modern Rationalism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999). This essay is adapted from “Killing (for) Politics: Jihad, Martyrdom, and Political Action,” which appeared in the February 2002 issue of Political Theory.
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Roxanne L. Euben; Jihad and Political Violence. Current History 1 November 2002; 101 (658): 365–376. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2002.101.658.365
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