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  • Daniel Pipes : The Ugly History of Jihad

    05/31/2005 5:23:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 1,571+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-31-05 | Daniel Pipes
    The Ugly History of Jihad By Daniel | May 31, 2005In his just-released, absorbing, and excellent book, Understanding Jihad (University of California Press), David Cook of Rice University dismisses the low-grade debate that has raged since 9/11 over the nature of jihad – whether it is a form of offensive warfare or (more pleasantly) a type of moral self-improvement.Cook dismisses as “pathetic and laughable” John Esposito’s contention that jihad refers to “the effort to lead a good life.” Throughout history and at present, Cook definitively establishes, the term primarily means “warfare with spiritual significance.”His achievement lies in tracing...