Date of Award

1-1-2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Conflict Resolution Institute

First Advisor

KAREN A. FESTE

Abstract

This thesis examines the connection between Islamic religious education

and terrorism. It looks at the curricula of the Azherite religious schools in Egypt.

It examines how the curricula view the three themes of Jihad which are offensive

Jihad, defensive Jihad, and Jihad for the purification of the soul in addition to the

relations of Muslims with non-Muslims. Books which are used by violent jihadist

groups for membership acquisition and cadre training are also studied for Jihad

themes and relations with non-Muslims.

The analysis shows that the curricula are, generally speaking, a peaceful one

in its principal direction, since it obviously calls for defensive Jihad and not

offensive Jihad. Often, it deals with important concepts of Jihad within the

confines of such subjects as the Jihad for the purification of the soul [the Greater

Jihad]. Some textbooks included lessons on "Peace in Islam" and advocated the

fact that peace is the origin in Islamic Shari'a and war is the exception and it is

fought only for defensive reasons. This orientation in the curricula very much

coincides with the themes of conflict resolution The comparison between the

Azherite schools' textbooks and the books used by violent jihadist groups for

membership acquisition and cadre training shows that they are in total contrast in

relation to how they view the topic of Jihad and relationship with non-Muslims.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

BABIKIR FAISAL BABIKIR

File size

135 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Political Science

Share

COinS