Striking a Just Balance: The Ethics of War and Peace in South Asian Islam

Ayesha Jalal
2005 Carnegie Corporation Scholar
Professor of History, Tufts University
May 15, 2006

"Like an arrow that has left the bow and gone wide off the mark, jihad in the modern world has become a weapon, a political weapon with which to threaten believers and non-believers alike. Only retrieving this arrow and straightening out its jagged edges, not to mention its twisted feathers, can Muslims aspire to achieve those very high ethical ideals which are the embodiment of Iman, faith based on submission to God which is Islam. Until then, it is unlikely ... to assert that things in life can be easier for those who try repaying their debt to God by respecting the rights and dignity of fellow human beings in respect of the ideological or religious denominations."


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