Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Graduate Topics in NELC: War and Peace in the Islamic Tradition
N695 | 28423 | Afsaruddin, Asma


War and peace are universal themes which Muslim scholars took great
interest in. This class will focus on how war and peace were dealt
with as religious, ethical, legal, and social issues within the
diverse Islamic tradition. The term jihad and its derivatives as well
as the concept of martyrdom have a great bearing on the understandings
of war and peace in Islam. Accordingly, class readings and discussion
will focus on how jihad and related concepts are treated in the
Qur’an, hadith and hortatory literature, legal and mystical texts,
both from the premodern and modern periods. Juridical
conceptualizations of jihad as legitimate warfare will be compared to
Western Christian constructions of just war and the commonalities
between these two concepts will be explored.