Western Rhetoric on Jihad: A Critical Appraisal

  • Maryam Azam Lahore College for Women University, Lahore
Keywords: Jihad, West, Islam, Violence, Terrorism


Jihad being one of the most significant conceptions in Islamic thought has been a contested concept within western academia and policymakers. It is being observed that Jihad is considered a violent and aggressive doctrine by western countries. Therefore, it is considered a major threat and security risk by the western bloc. This perception has increased incidents of Islamophobia, faith-based hate, and animosity between Muslims and non-Muslim societies. This paper intends to develop a qualitative analysis to critically evaluate the main themes of Jihad believed by the west and their actual interpretation in Islam. It is being observed that acts of terrorism in the name of religion and a generic hatred within the west towards the Muslims are the main causes of a misleading western perception of Jihad.


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