Islamic Warfare

Authored by: Jean-Paul Charnay

The Ashgate Research Companion to War

Print publication date:  January  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754678267
eBook ISBN: 9781315613741
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041115

10.4324/9781315613741.ch26

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Abstract

A warrior society without a military institution, Arab tribes practiced the art of war by alternating commerce by caravans with pillaging expeditions. Quranic revelation gives them a geopolitically expansionist objective, as well as an ethical motivation: the jihâd, which evokes notions of effort and self-perfection. The jihâd also instills a theocentric view of the world, the center of which revolves around the Ka’aba in Mecca, rippling out to the war-torn territories of the infidels.

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