Archive for the ‘Islamic jurisprudence’ Category

I have to admit that it makes me feel rather uneasy choosing a title like this and writing a post about last week’s death of four staff members of the American embassy in Libya, including the ambassador himself, Christopher Stevens. Yesterday, however, a fatwa was published on the permissibility of killing ambassadors that I think [...]

[Editor's note: I am very pleased to introduce a new guest contributor, Sayeed Rahman, a Yale PhD and a fellow with the Truman National Security Project.] A number of translations analyze and annotate Usama Bin Ladin’s 1998 statement declaring war against the United States and her allies (see here, here, here, here and here). The original Arabic source for [...]

Qaradawi on Jihad (3 of 3)

Posted: 28th October 2009 by Nelly Lahoud in Islamic jurisprudence, Muslim Brotherhood

Read part 1 and part 2 What does Youssef al-Qaradawi say about Jihad as an individual duty (fard ‘ayn), i.e., the kind of jihad that allows all Muslims, including women and minors, to take up jihad without seeking anyone’s permission? This aspect is of particular interest for those of us interested in jihadi ideology. Jihadi [...]

Qaradawi on Jihad (2 of 3)

Posted: 27th October 2009 by Nelly Lahoud in Islamic jurisprudence, Muslim Brotherhood, Uncategorized

Read part 1 What does Youssef al-Qaradawi say about waging war against non-Muslims at least once a year as part of fard kifaya, a task some classical jurists believed was incumbent upon the ruler? Al-Qaradawi does not believe that the classical jurists reached a consensus on this matter. Instead, he believes that their opinions were [...]

Qaradawi on Jihad (1 of 3)

Posted: 26th October 2009 by Nelly Lahoud in Islamic jurisprudence, Muslim Brotherhood

(Editor’s note: I have the pleasure of introducing Nelly Lahoud, a political theorist working on Islamism. She has published several books and has a new one on jihadi ideology coming out next year. Nelly is on my wish list for guest bloggers, but she has not yet been able to join us for a more [...]