Location

Stewart Center 313

Session Number

Session 02: APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING TERRORISM

Start Date

8-9-2011 1:00 PM

End Date

8-9-2011 2:30 PM

Abstract

Previous studies on the usage of the terms terror, terrorist, and terrorism have taken a Western perspective on how these terms should be defined and then deployed, but the viewpoint of the “terrorist” (in this case jihadis) has yet to be examined. This study analyzes how jihadis understand these terms and critically assesses their interpretation based on classical Islamic doctrine. The basis and “proof” for jihadis’ legitimization of using terror is based upon the Qur’anic verse 8:60, but when taken into context and traditional understanding, jihadis miss the mark. Yet, at the same time, when exploring the linguistic root for the terms in classical Arabic it convolutes the matter since in that context it provides somewhat of a positive cover.

Comments

Session II: APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING TERRORISM Organizers: Elena Coda and Ben Lawton

 
Sep 8th, 1:00 PM Sep 8th, 2:30 PM

Jihadis and the Use of the Terms Terrorism and Terrorist

Stewart Center 313

Previous studies on the usage of the terms terror, terrorist, and terrorism have taken a Western perspective on how these terms should be defined and then deployed, but the viewpoint of the “terrorist” (in this case jihadis) has yet to be examined. This study analyzes how jihadis understand these terms and critically assesses their interpretation based on classical Islamic doctrine. The basis and “proof” for jihadis’ legitimization of using terror is based upon the Qur’anic verse 8:60, but when taken into context and traditional understanding, jihadis miss the mark. Yet, at the same time, when exploring the linguistic root for the terms in classical Arabic it convolutes the matter since in that context it provides somewhat of a positive cover.