True Islam, Jihad, and Terrorism: The Science of Islamic Foreign Policy

Jaan S. Islam
Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University; Global Organization for Faith, Wisdom, and Peace, Research Associate, Nova Scotia, Canada

Series: Religion and Spirituality
BISAC: REL037000




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After the rise of the Islamic State of Syria and Levant (ISIL), the world has been debating over an old issue, characterized by some as the “clash of civilizations”. Jihād, the Arabic term for “struggle”, was the target and “Islamic terrorism” and “Islamic fascism” became the popularized terms of the post-9/11 era. The following discourse has formed two theories attempting to define Islam and the role of Jihād in Islam. The first is that of the apologists that define Jihād as an internal struggle; the second sponsors the concept of “offensive” Jihād. In this book, existing theories are deconstructed to establish that there is no such thing as “offensive” Jihād or “internal” Jihād. Debunking both branches of political thought was possible using a cognition tool derived from the education system instituted by the Prophet Muhammad, the central figure of this controversy. The deconstruction is then followed up with an examination of an actual historical case, viz. the wars for Islam at the time of The Prophet as well as during the four rightly guided Caliphs. By doing so, this book systematically eliminates all confusion regarding Jihād. By addressing the fundamental premises involved in both sides of this controversy, the book develops an analytical tool that is free from dogmatic assertions and ensuing contradictions, eventually defining the significance of this analysis for a properly balanced understanding of Islamic foreign policy and Shari’ah law. A clear directive is produced in order to analyze any violence that takes place today and determine if the justification provided is Islamic or not. (Imprint: Nova)



Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The Islamic Cognition Model

Chapter 3. Understanding Political Islam and Morality: Ibn Khaldun versus Hobbes and Locke

Chapter 4. Comprehensive Analysis of the Jus Ad Bellum in the Early Islamic Era

Chapter 5. The Islamic Jus In Bello: Restrictions Surrounding Warfare in Islam

Chapter 6. Rebellion and Civil War in Islam

Chapter 7. The Modern Scholarship: A Contemporary View

Chapter 8. Terrorism, Islamic Legitimacy, and Regulations on Modern Warfare

Chapter 9. Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 10. Bibliography

Chapter 11. Appendix A: Muhammad’s Letters to Tribal Leaders and Heads of State


“Jaan Islam has tackled one of the most important issues of our time in this groundbreaking new text. Doctrine, scripture, and the intellectual battle over their meanings is examined in a brave mission to explain one of our world’s most ancient and costly problems. The reader will come away enlightened, energized to find solutions, and more understanding of a plight that affects untold thousands around the world. Indeed, the author is trying to understand not just our past, but to shed some light on our possible future.” - Phillip Carmichael, Scrivener Publishing

"This is a wonderful book that covers a significant knowledge gap in history and political theory that remains in the western society. It presents the Islamic political philosophy as represented in the writings of great Muslim thinkers such as Ibn Khaldun. All theories discussed in the book are backed with their evidence from the primary Islamic sources, Qur'an and authenticated Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad-sources that were ignored in the in the Orientalist literature. The distinction between this book and these agenda-driven ones gives the book a special value. Although the book explains succulently the Islamic foundations of political science and governance, it should not be looked at as a book of theology. It is a dogma-free approach and it is no exaggeration to say that this book is a masterpiece in political science and governance. This book should be in the library of every one interested in reading or writing in political science and Islamic history." - Dr. Saad Dabbous, Professor, Dalhousie University

“The key point about Jaan Islam’s presentation − compared to many other attempts to take (or avoid taking) a stand − is that he presents his findings without ducking responsibility for the positions he is taking. The great damage done by syncretic approaches or conclusions, on the other hand, is that their authors conceal their own deep & cowardly fear of taking and having to defend a stand with the much-vaunted ‘objectivity’ that is supposedly the true hallmark of the intellectually superior personality. It turns out that there are in reality a potentially infinite number of pathways on which to courageously advance and defend one's own honestly- researched conclusions, but few, if any, dare take that pathway.” - Gary Zatzman, CEO, EEC Research Organisation, Canada

“Few people match the passion, insight, talent and raw intelligence to their efforts at understanding, that Jaan Islam brings to his work. Drawing on original sources, he does a valiant job of distinguishing Eurocentric philosophical traditions and dogma from the political philosophy and practical imperatives that emerge from Islam.” - Barry Grossman, International Law jurist

American Herald Tribune - Dr. Rafiq Islam, Emertec R&D Ltd; Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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