Category Jihad

Black Friday in Paris: On the Unthinkable of Islamic Terrorism and the Self-Referential West

[This is the English translation of a post originally written in Spanish and published on this blog a few days after the terrorist attacks on the Bataclan theater in Paris, in November of 2015. While in hindsight a more nuanced and cold-headed analysis would have been more appropriate, most of the thoughts expressed therein remain […]

Rapidito coránico: ¿quien matara a alguien, sería como haber matado a la humanidad entera?

Hay un pasaje del Corán que apologistas más o menos ignorantes y más o menos insinceros parafrasean a ultranza, cual mantra o fórmula mágica que pretende constituir la prueba concluyente para demostrar que el Corán, contrariamente a lo que predican los fundamentalistas, prohíbe matar, y que el Islam es esencialmente una religión de paz: “quien matara a […]

A PSYCHOPOLITICAL REVIEW OF S. K. MALIK’s “THE QURANIC CONCEPT OF WAR” – PART 4/13 – Chapter 1: “Introduction”

4. Chapter I: “Introduction” The first chapter is six pages long, and argues in favor of the Quran’s supreme authority when it comes to legislating matters of war, and thus for the validity of Malik’s approach in his study which consist, precisely, in the inquiry into the Quran’s concept of war: “As a perfect and […]

A PSYCHOPOLITICAL REVIEW OF S. K. MALIK’s “THE QURANIC CONCEPT OF WAR” – PART 3/13 – “Foreword”, “Preface”, and “Author’s Note”

3. The Quranic Concept of War’s content: Foreword, Preface, and Author’s Note i) Foreword The book starts off with a brief foreword written by then-president of Pakistan, general Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (1924-1988). Barely one page long, it is essentially an endorsement of the book’s reflection of the Quranic philosophy of war, its understanding of jihad, and the […]

A PSYCHOPOLITICAL REVIEW OF S. K. MALIK’s “THE QURANIC CONCEPT OF WAR” – PART 2/13 – Context and Relevance

2. The Quranic Concept of War: Context and relevance One little step in the direction of understanding the way of thinking of Islamic fundamentalists is a book which is considered to be one of the key writings of modern Global Jihad, according to the opinion of several scholars of the subject (Gorka, 2012): The Quranic […]

A PSYCHOPOLITICAL REVIEW OF S. K. MALIK’s: “THE QURANIC CONCEPT OF WAR” – part 1/13 – Introduction

“Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya (i.e. tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says: ‘Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, […]