Islam and Political Violence
AbstractThe global threat of Al Qaeda post 9/11 and ISIL, increased Sunni-Shia conflicts, and violence in the Middle East and Pakistan dominate headlines and challenge governments in the region and globally. Both Muslim extremists and some Western experts and observers speak of a clash of civilizations or a culture war in Muslim-West relations. Both the discourse and violence yet again raise questions about the relationship of Islam to violence and terrorism: is Islam a particularly violent religion? Critics cite Quranic passages, doctrines like jihad and events in Muslim history as strong indicators and proof that Islam is the primary driver of Muslim extremism and terrorism. What do the Quran and Islamic law have to say about violence, jihad and warfare? What are the primary drivers of terrorism in the name of Islam today? This article will address these questions in the context of development of global jihadist movements, in particular Al Qaeda and ISIL, their roots, causes, ideology and agenda. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Esposito, J.L. Islam and Political Violence. Religions 2015, 6, 1067-1081.
Esposito JL. Islam and Political Violence. Religions. 2015; 6(3):1067-1081.Chicago/Turabian Style
Esposito, John L. 2015. "Islam and Political Violence." Religions 6, no. 3: 1067-1081.