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Martyrdom in Islam (Paperback): David Cook
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Martyrdom in Islam (Paperback)

David Cook; Series edited by Patricia Crone

Series: Themes in Islamic History, No. 4

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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.

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Imprint: Cambridge UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Themes in Islamic History, No. 4
Release date: 2007
First published: 2007
Authors: David Cook
Series editors: Patricia Crone
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 10mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 978-0-521-61551-8
Barcode: 9780521615518
Categories: Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Non-Christian religions > Islam
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LSN: 0-521-61551-8

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