Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam

A leading American authority on Islam offers a well-reasoned plea for tolerance in a time of renewed Muslim-Western enmity.

John L. Esposito, Unholy war: Terror in the name of Islam, Oxford University Press, 2002.

John L. Esposito, one of the world's most respected scholars of political Islam, provides answers to many questions that have arisen in the wake of the terrorist attacks. He clearly and carefully explains the teachings of Islam, Islamic law, holy war and the use of violence, and terrorism.

Esposito methodically leads the reader through the complicated history of Islam. He explains the various conceptions of jihad, or holy war, ranging from internal movements for community reform to the modern explosive threat to all things external to Islam.

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