The 9/11 Handbook - Annotated Translation and Interpretation of the Attackers' Spiritual Manual - Hans G. Kippenberg

The 9/11 Handbook - Annotated Translation and Interpretation of the Attackers' Spiritual Manual - Hans G. Kippenberg

THE RELIGIOUS AND HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF SUICIDE ATTACKS IN THE NAME OF ISLAM

The 9/11 Handbook - Annotated Translation and Interpretation of the Attackers' Spiritual Manual - Hans G. Kippenberg

Tilman Seidensticker [+-]
University of Jena
Tilman Seidensticker is Professor in Arabic & Islamic Studies at the University of Jena.

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On the following pages, I will attempt to show how this contradiction is dealt with, and which inter- pretation is attached to the concepts of jihad, martyrdom, suicide, and civilian status, both historically and in the present. I must first mention that in the presentation of the various positions, the worldview of a certain group of contemporary Muslims is left out of consideration: the silent minority of secularized, educated Muslims who do not refer exclu- sively to religious tradition when expressing their views and who do not regard everything as binding which others claim to be hallowed by the Koran and by Prophetic tradition. At present, this group has prominent exponents in several countries, but the general climate restricts them from expressing their views publicly. 

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Seidensticker, Tilman. THE RELIGIOUS AND HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF SUICIDE ATTACKS IN THE NAME OF ISLAM. The 9/11 Handbook - Annotated Translation and Interpretation of the Attackers' Spiritual Manual. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 29 - 36 Dec 2006. ISBN 9781845531294. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19323. Date accessed: 14 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19323. Dec 2006

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