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BILIMNAME, vol.32, no.3, pp.7-40, 2016 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.21646/bilimname.2016.10
  • Title of Journal : BILIMNAME
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-40


Nowadays, it seems as if there is a conjunction of Islam and violence in Western belief. Some might even come to connect Muslim people with a violence-prone entity. Such perception is based on the traditional concept of war (battle) which claims that both kufr (the lack of faith) and the existence of infidels is a reason to go to war. Furthermore, it was circulated by Western researchers such as Joseph Schacht, Rudolph Peters, who suggest that the term Jihad has been exploited by certain Islamic states and Muslims for their imperialist aspirations. We would, yet, propose that such link is facilitated by groups such IS who come to justify their violent approach to terrorism with references to the Qur'an and the concept of Jihad. There seems to be a distinctive connection between terrorism, violence and the exegesis of Qur'an in many IS interpretations. It is such widespread misconception that highlights the need for a more scientific approach to the question whether religious violence is connected to the Qur'an and its exegesis or not.