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Martyrdom in Islam (David Cook) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521615518
Martyrdom in Islam (David Cook) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521615518
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Title: Martyrdom in Islam

Author: Cook, David

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2007

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521615518

Volumes: 1; Pages: 224

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In recent times Islamic martyrdom has become associated with suicide missions conducted by extremists. However, as David Cook demonstrates, this type of martyrdom is very different from the classical definition which condemned suicide and stipulated that anyone who died a believer could be considered a martyr. Ideas about martyrdom have evolved to suit prevailing circumstances, and it is the evolution of these interpretations that Cook charts in this fascinating history. The book covers the earliest sources on martyrdom including those from the Jewish and Christian traditions, discussions about what constituted martyrdom, and differences in attitudes between Sunnis and Shi'ites. A concluding section discusses martyrdom in today's radical environment. There is no other book which considers the topic so systematically, and which draws so widely on the literary sources. This will be essential reading for students of Islamic history, and for those looking for an informed account of this controversial topic.ContentsPreface1. Martyrs in religion2. Martyrdom in the genesis of Islam3. Legal definitions, boundaries and rewards of the martyr4. Sectarian Islam: Sunni, Shi'ite and Sufi martyrdom5. Martyrs: warriors and missionaries in Medieval Islam6. Martyrs of love and epic heroes7. Patterns of prognostication, narrative and expiation8. Martyrdom in contemporary radical Islam9. ConclusionsGlossaryChronologyAppendicesBibliography
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