Jihad: What Everyone Needs to Know

Written by:
Asma Afsaruddin
Narrated by:
Linda Jones

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2022
7 hours 26 minutes
The word 'jihad' is everywhere in the global media. It generally appears in the context of violence waged against the West by militants in or from Muslim-majority societies. This usage overwhelmingly colors popular discourse about Islam and Muslims and it has resulted in highly simplistic, distorted, and ahistorical understandings of the concept of jihad. For most Muslims, jihad refers to the continuous human struggle to promote and implement what is morally good and noble in all walks of life, as well as to resist and prevent what is morally wrong and unjust. This book addresses the great need for a discussion of jihad that explores its various dimensions without fear-mongering or sensationalism. Here it is examined from multiple perspectives: scriptural, theological, moral and ethical, legal and socio-political. Asma Afsaruddin looks at the key questions about jihad and provides concise yet thorough answers. Jihad: What Everyone Needs to Know® provides a historically-grounded, scholarly yet accessible treatment of the meanings of jihad from the formative period of Islam until the contemporary period.
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A comprehensive discussion of the topic from all the historical angles. In addition, I enjoyed the discussion at the end about the political and media misuse of the word Jihad. I also enjoyed the question and answer format. The book publishers should have instructed the narrator to skip parenthetical information as they are a distraction in audiobooks. Additional editing to remove redundancies would have shortened the length. I think breaking up the audio files into sections by these questions would help to navigate through the audiobook and also to return to any section. The narrator did a great job with the cadence and pace of narration. However, the pronunciation of Arabic names and words were a problem. For example, Ibn is ibne and not ibiin. This is a very important book that everyone should read or listen to instead of being misguided by the media and political pundits or politicians.

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