Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims
by Andrew G. Bostom
Scholars, most from Europe and the US but some from Islamic countries, present primary and secondary material on the theory and practice of jihad and the treatment of non-Muslims in conquered territories. They consider the Qur’an and Hadith, classical writings of Muslim theologians and jurists, 20th-century overviews, various regions, jihad slavery, and Muslim and non-Muslim chronicles and eyewitnesses accounts. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
It is frequently stated that Islam is one of the great world religions and that its adherents are generally nonviolent and tolerant toward other people; it is strictly radical fundamentalists who have interpreted jihad in a violent way and chosen the path of terrorism. Bostom, who has published numerous magazine and newspaper articles on Islam, aims to dispel these notions. In a book that is both broad in coverage and thorough in scope, he uses both primary and secondary sources to describe the violent nature of jihad conquests over the past 1400 years. Drawing from the Qur’an, commentators on the Qur’an, Islamic jurists, and Muslim and non-Muslim scholars, Bostom provides vivid accounts of such events as the massacres of the Qurayzah in the seventh century and the Armenians in Turkey in the 19th. From a historical perspective, this book is an excellent resource and is valuable for academic libraries with collections in Islamic studies. However, while Bostom successfully argues that violent episodes have occurred throughout the history of Islam, it does not necessarily follow that the vast majority of people who presently adhere to that faith encourage violent practices.-John Jaeger, Dallas Baptist Univ. Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Andrew G. Bostom, M.D., M.S. (Providence, RI), is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Renal Diseases of Rhode Island Hospital. He has published articles and commentary on Islam in the Washington Times, National Review, Revue Politique, FrontPage Magazine.com, and other print and online publications.