Religious Justification for Violence?
Contemporary Egyptian writer Abd al-Salam Faraj authored a pamphlet arguing force for the defense of Islam can be expanded to included struggles against political and social injustice. He, more clearly than any other contemporary writer, argues religious justification for violence. His 1980s booklet grounded the activities of modern Islamic terrorists in Islamic tradition. Islam’s neglected duty is jihad that calls for “fighting, which meant confrontation and blood.” He argues that peaceful and legal means for fighting apostasy are inadequate. Sayyid Qutb argued in his 1950s This Religion of Islam that the most basic divisions within humanity were religious rather than racial or nationalist and that religious war was the only form of killing that was morally sanctioned.
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