The concept of jihād in pre-Islamic Syrian Christian and early Sufi Muslim writings

@inproceedings{Dalton2019TheCO,
  title={The concept of jihād in pre-Islamic Syrian Christian and early Sufi Muslim writings},
  author={John Pius Dalton},
  year={2019}
}
  • John Pius Dalton
  • Published 2019
  • History
  • In the Arabic version of the account of Jesus’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus engages in a struggle or jihād. This use by Christians of what today is a highly controversial Islamic term that is usually associated with terrorism appears incongruous. The Christian Arabic translator’s choice of jihād to mean an inner spiritual struggle raises many questions about the pre-Islamic Christian understandings of the concept especially among Syrian ascetics. It also suggests a greater level of… CONTINUE READING

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