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What does 'Jihad' really mean

"Jihad" is a loaded term?and a concept that illustrates a deep gulf
of miscommunication between Islam and the West. There are those
in each community who see jihad as a clash of civilizations?and act
on those beliefs. But jihad literally means "exerted effort" to most Islamic
scholars and Muslims, and represents a range of activities.


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when mohammed wants his kids to get out and clear stones from the field, i don't think he says "ok kids, one more small jihad and we're finished"


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This may be so far off base

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But I wonder how much the perception of the word Jihad as a "holy war" or fanatical attack in the US may actually have been influenced by the novel Dune by Frank Herbert.

(Or the rather poor adaption of the first movie based on it?)

Just a thought that occurred to me The Fremen were supposely some descendant branch of a combined Buddist/Islam (Zensunni is refered to in the book) relgion that had been persecuted and hounded from place to place. A desert nomad people, hard from hard living, violent, no tolerance for weakness. Actually I thought they may have been influenced by the old Lawerence of Arabia versions and stereotypes.

Even tho a scifi book/movie, could it have exerted some wide influence on the general US, even western, perceptions?


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