Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Islamic education and violence: Not inextricably linked

Date:
May 22, 2014
Source:
Taylor & Francis
Summary:
Islamic Jihad has become a term which conjures scenes of terror and acts of violent destruction in the name of holy war. Is this the true meaning of Jihad? A new article explores how Islamic education and Jihad could and should be a pathway to peace.

Islamic Jihad has become a term which conjures scenes of terror and acts of violent destruction in the name of holy war. Is this the true meaning of Jihad? A new article published in Ethics and Education explores how Islamic education and Jihad could and should be a pathway to peace.

Related Articles


In 1998, Bin Laden incited Muslims to a military Jihad against Western secularism and 'blasphemous' democracy. In Islam, Allah is believed to be the sole giver and taker of life, the one creator of society in the world. Why then would devout believers take matters into their own hands?

Jihad was not always synonymous with war but with 'striving in Allah's cause to improve one's morality'. It was about 'peaceful resistance and perseverance against oppression and tyranny'.According to the Qur'an, Jihad is about encouraging Muslims to defend against their enemies but importantly it forbids hostility to anyone but those oppressing others. So, do fanatical Jihadists misunderstand Islamic teachings? Or are their actions and deliberate misinterpretations of the Qur'an based on other (covert) agendas?

Muslim reformists have, in contrast, embarked on peaceful demonstrations to achieve political change and democratic progression, notably during the Arab spring. In this instance jihad has been interpreted and enacted as fostering democracy and tolerance for greater societal good -- indeed, their actions bear testimony to Islamic education supporting liberty, security and peace.

Such contradictory stances, one indoctrinated to act violently in the name of faith, the other struggling to explore and improve personal spiritual and moral development, can surely not be attributed to education alone! On the one hand we had highly educated 9/11 bombers, but on the other hand, a lack of education and opportunity might perpetuate a predisposition towards violence. A hapless suicide bomber cannot continue the prescribed journey of Islamic spiritual refinement after a violent death, an act seemingly in conflict with Islamic teachings. And yet, there are numerous other sub-texts at play, such as issues of oppression, which inadvertently cultivate forms of extremism -- by no extent limited to Islamic jihad.

Similarly, while misinformed and misconstrued forms of militaristic jihad have yielded untold heartache, this is not supported by the majority of Muslims -- as is evident not only in this article, but propagated by a host of Muslim reformists.

The author concludes: 'Muslims need an Islamic education for non-violence that can engender reconciliation, democratic engagement and recognition of the other, rather than hatred, repression and discrimination'.

This conclusion, however, needs to be understood within a particular dialogue with its context. And to large extent, this context has been defined by the media. Peaceful co-existence is possible if reports of peaceful co-existence, reconciliation and democratic engagement take precedence over reports of violence and hatred.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Taylor & Francis. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Yusef Waghid. Islam, democracy and education for non-violence. Ethics and Education, 2014; 9 (1): 69 DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2014.890327

Cite This Page:

Taylor & Francis. "Islamic education and violence: Not inextricably linked." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 May 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140522115655.htm>.
Taylor & Francis. (2014, May 22). Islamic education and violence: Not inextricably linked. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 27, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140522115655.htm
Taylor & Francis. "Islamic education and violence: Not inextricably linked." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140522115655.htm (accessed November 27, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Science & Society News

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Ebola Leaves Orphans Alone in Sierra Leone

Ebola Leaves Orphans Alone in Sierra Leone

AFP (Nov. 27, 2014) The Ebola epidemic sweeping Sierra Leone is having a profound effect on the country's children, many of whom have been left without any family members to support them. Duration: 01:02 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
EU Pushes Google For Worldwide Right To Be Forgotten

EU Pushes Google For Worldwide Right To Be Forgotten

Newsy (Nov. 27, 2014) Privacy regulators recommend Google expand its requested removals to apply to all its web domains. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Who Will Failed Nuclear Talks Hurt Most?

Who Will Failed Nuclear Talks Hurt Most?

Reuters - Business Video Online (Nov. 25, 2014) With no immediate prospect of sanctions relief for Iran, and no solid progress in negotiations with the West over the country's nuclear programme, Ciara Lee asks why talks have still not produced results and what a resolution would mean for both parties. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
FCC Forces T-Mobile To Alert Customers Of Data Throttling

FCC Forces T-Mobile To Alert Customers Of Data Throttling

Newsy (Nov. 25, 2014) T-Mobile and the FCC have reached an agreement requiring the company to alert customers when it throttles their data speeds. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Science & Society

Business & Industry

Education & Learning

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins