The Global Jihadi Threat: The Role of Jihad in Islam

Module 2. The subject of Jihad has been highly controversial as of late for both Muslims and non-Muslims. Dr. Nadav Morag emphasizes that Islamic tradition refers to two types of Jihad, one greater and one lesser: the combat of the temptation of sin, and the fighting of “enemies of God.” The two varieties of Jihad are subject to interpretation, which is where we see discrepancies in the ways it is implemented. This module will focus on the various roles that Jihad has played and continues to play in Islam, and attempt to illuminate some of the complexity in the concept of Islam.

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