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The Role of Religion in U.S. National Security Policy since 9/11 - Glossary of Key Islamic Terms
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Article Index
The Role of Religion in U.S. National Security Policy since 9/11
Historiographical Projections on Human Conflict and Religion
The Power of Islam
Demographic Surveys
Religion as a Paradigm in National Security Policy
Conclusion: The Way Ahead
Glossary of Key Islamic Terms
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dar al-harb – the territory of war.
dar al-Islam – the territory of Islam.
dhimmitude – the second class citizenship status of Jews and Christians within lands conquered by Islam.
fatwa – a formal restatement, or new application, of Islamic law.
fitnah - sedition or idolatry.
hadith – customary law written down by Mohammed’s Companions.
iman – the true faith.
jihad - struggle (varying interpretations).
mujahideen – Muslim warriors.
naskh – abrogation. A principle of interpretation which allows certain later passages of the Qur’an and elements of Shari’ah to take precedence over earlier passages or elements.
Qur’an - documentation of a series of revelations to the Prophet Mohammed; the primary authority for Islam.
Shari’ah – the law in Islam that effects (brings into being) the rule of God and governs life – individual, community, and state.
sirah - biographical accounts of Mohammed’s life.
siyar – the Islamic law of nations (includes the Islamic law of war).
Sunnah - the second authority in Islam, composed of the words, deeds, and judgments of Mohammad, to include community practice flowing from the Prophet’s example.
surah – a chapter in the Qur’an.
ummah - the one community of Islamic believers worldwide.
usul al-fiqh – principles of Islamic jurisprudence.



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