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Jihad: Between Theory and Practice

  • Asma Afsaruddin
  • Gary Bunt
  • Yumna Masarwa
Friday 11 March 2016
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden
Gravensteen 1.11

Modern discussions on jihad and the spread and defense of militant ideologies in Islam tend to focus on current issues, such as Muslim foreign fighters, militant Islam in Europe, and extreme violence endorsed by Muslim groups in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet, such modern issues stand in a long tradition of which elements, such as the foreign fighter phenomenon, date back to the early centuries of Muslim history.

This workshop brings together international scholarly expertise on both modern and classical Islam and studies the diversity of ideas and practices behind jihad. With a diachronic and interdisciplinary approach, it will address the interpretations of jihad, its organization, and ways to spread jihad-related ideology.


Prof.dr. Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University)
Dr. Gary Bunt (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
Dr. Yumna Masarwa (IAU, Aix-en-Provence)

There is no registration, but the number of seats will be limited.

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