Jihad: A Description

  title={Jihad: A Description},
  author={Jonathan Matusitz},
  • Jonathan Matusitz
  • Published 2020
  • Political Science
  • As an Arabic term, the root of jihad indicates exertion or struggle, although it still has more than one contested meaning today. In Islamic tradition, jihad is often interpreted as religiously authorized warfare against non-Muslims and Muslims who are not considered true adherents to the faith. It is important to observe that the term is also used to signify nonviolent and thoroughly internal struggles, such as soul-searching, personal improvement, spiritual betterment, and social activism.