Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

48. What does jihad really mean?

Religion in Five Minutes - Aaron W. Hughes

Mushegh Asatryan [+-]
University of Calgary
Mushegh Asatryan (PhD, Yale 2012) is an Assistant Professor of Arabic and Muslim Cultures at the University of Calgary. His research interests include the interrelation between religion, society, and culture in the medieval Islamic Middle East, and his monograph, Text and Identity in Early Shi‘i Islam: The Ghulat and their Literature, will appear in 2016.


Religion in Five Minutes provides an accessible and lively introduction to the questions about religion and religious behaviour that interest most of us, whether or not we personally identify with -- or practice -- a religion. Suitable for beginning students and the general reader, the book offers more than 60 brief essays on a wide range of fascinating questions about religion and its study, such as: How did religion start? What religion is the oldest? Who are the Nones? Why do women seem to play lesser roles in many religions? What’s the difference between a religion and a cult? Is Europe less religious than North America? Is Buddhism a philosophy? How do we study religions of groups who no longer exist? Each essay is written by a leading authority and offers succinct, insightful answers along with suggestions for further reading, making the book an ideal starting point for classroom use or personal browsing.

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Asatryan, Mushegh. 48. What does jihad really mean?. Religion in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 180-183 Aug 2017. ISBN 9781781794654. Date accessed: 25 Sep 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33022. Aug 2017

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