The Global Jihadi Threat: Islam, Basic Principles, Origins and Divisions
Module 1. Dr. Nadav Morag’s introduction to Islam serves as a backdrop for his discussion of the multifaceted Jihadist threat, as depicted in later modules. The principles, origins and divisions of Islam are critical to discerning the characteristics of the culture as a whole. Islam is an all-encompassing way of life, monopolizing social, legal, economic, and political affairs. This module provides vocabulary, geography, and specific historical context to better understand the nature of the religion. As one of the fastest growing religions in the world, it is imperative that we gain familiarity with the central beliefs, practices, history, and schisms of Islam.