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Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia

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The idea of "jihad" is central to Islamic faith and ethics, and yet its meanings have been highly contested over time. They have ranged from the philosophical struggle to live an ethical life to the political injunction to wage war against enemies of Islam. Today, more than ever, "jihad" signifies the political opposition between Islam and the West. As the line drawn betwe ...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Harvard University Press
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Sajith Kumar
Many parts of the world we live in are awash in jihadi violence where a group of ultra-orthodox Muslims kill people of their own religion as well as others. The concept of jihad is sanctified by the Koran and enjoined as a duty of every Muslim believer. But what exactly is jihad? The gory pattern we see enacted in the Middle East is a violent one in which its perpetrators believe it to be their religious obligation to kill non-believers and Muslims themselves who don’t subscribe to their brand o ...more
Madeeha Maqbool
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An eye-opener and a joy to read. Jalal writes really well and draws the connections very clearly and intelligently. Given the Pakistani history curriculums that teach everything piecemeal and in censored versions, we don't really get a broad view of the things that have contributed to our evolution as a nation. This book makes up for that and makes you want to learn more.
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A dynamic intellectual history of the ways in which South Asian Muslim scholars have understood "jihad" in the pre-colonial, colonial and modern period.
Indranil Banerjie
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A masterful review of the practice and concept of jihad in the South Asian context. The book analyses various Muslim religious leaders and their ideas beginning with Shah Waliullah in the 18th Century and ending with the modern day practitioners of jihad in the form of radical organisations such as the Lashkar e Taiyaba.

The author argues that jihad is a much misunderstood context and Islam has been branded a violent religion without a proper understanding of its nuances. The author stresses on
Tariq Mahmood
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pakistan
Long overdue, a book on the development of the indigenous jihad consent in the Indian subcontinent. I thoroughly enjoyed the detailed explanations accorded by the author when going through the various proponents of jihad.
Azhar Ali
A wonderful eye opening book about a concept which was misinterpreted, used for purposes and finally lost its real meaning in Muslim world.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
this begins in the 1850's explaining that jihad is actually a man's fight to be a polite human being. Shares that a guy wanted to go jihad but there were few takers to his offer, so, he had to borrow fund$ to pay the guys to jihad (usually they would do it for free with the pay off being that they got to loot war booty.)

Say Islam feels threatened by Capitalism, Freedom, and Democracy. Includes first-person accounts of thoughts, beliefs, and opinions. Often times information is given and then say
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The vision, at the end of World War II, of a world of sovereign nation-states, legitimate powers of law and order with a monopoly on the use of force within recognized boundaries, was a long shot. Some regions proved resistant to the formation of functional states, and it happens that many of those incompletely formed or failed states are in the Muslim world. Generally, the challenge came from the imbalance between resources, population, and the quality of institutions. Read more...
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Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian and academic, and the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. Her work focuses on the military-industrial complex, post-colonial politics, and Muslim identity in South Asia. She is also known for positing in The Sole Spokesman that the Partition of India and Pakistan was less a political necessity than a terrible human tragedy and th ...more
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