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Waleed Aly

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Knox & AlyLife in middle class suburbia can be inspiring. On the other hand it can be, well, a bit of a bore. So, alerted by Cassandra to a public meeting featuring the inestimable Waleed Aly and with nothing better to do, I took the opportunity to see the man in the flesh, to get the story from the horse’s mouth so to speak. The occasion was a dialogue between the Sydney Morning Herald journalist Malcolm Knox and Waleed Aly author of the book “People like us: how arrogance is dividing Islam and the west”. The venue was Gleebooks (Glebe Point road Sydney) 7:00 pm Wednesday 19th September. For readers unfamiliar with the Sydney scene, Gleebooks is the main post modernist (more accurately post rational) bookstore in Sydney. There were about 30 people in attendance.

There was a reasonable amount of ground covered during the discussion but I am going to limit my analysis to the nature of jihad and holy war. This material is covered in chapter six “The war on jihad”. Aly maintains jihad is totally misunderstood in western discourse. The error is to confuse jihad with holy war - “Holy war … is an indelibly Christian term” . Early Christians were pacifists but a doctrine of a just war evolved as Christianity spread to encompass empire. Aly notes Saint Augustine’s standard for just war “… be pursuant to a just cause, waged with due authority and … waged with right intentions.” The church further extended the doctrine so that by the time Pope Urban II called the first crusade the concept of sanctified violence was in place.
Aly now develops the meaning and significance of jihad by contrasting it with the Christian concept of holy war. HeBook Cover notes the etymological root of jihad is the Arabic word for struggle. For Ali this can encompass almost anything. “Such is the breadth of jihad’s linguistic compass, even as expressed in the Qur’an”. He gives several examples - “… speak truth to a tyrant … a perfectly performed pilgrimage to Mecca”. No doubt we could include giving up smoking, striving to mow the lawn or generally getting on with the neighbours in our relentlessly bourgeois suburbia. Despite all this obfuscation Aly concedes “the words primary meaning was reserved for armed struggle” and  “spiritual and physical forms of jihad often accompany each other” But for Ali, jihad is not holy war, it is legitimate defensive warfare. Ali relies on a number of  medieval and early 20th century muslim scholars to justify this position. They include Abu Hamid al-Ghazah (author of The Revival of the Religious Sciences) to Hassan al-Banna (Muslim Brotherhood) and Abul A’la Mawdudi (founder of Jamaat-e-Islami) to support this view. These commentators based their interpretations on the Qur’an and the Hadith texts but they varied considerably in their analysis of jihad. Mawdudi, for example, credits early muslim armies as liberators and freedom fighters and this satisfies the defensive requirement.

The concept of Islamic martyrdom is given a similar analysis.  A person “dying from a stomach complaint, or from a plague or during a building collapse or fire or a women dying during child birth or a man who dies defending his family” were martyrs. “The list continues almost to infinity”. The only category of martyrdom not given prominence by Aly is martyrdom battling the infidels

Can these weighty arguments in support of benign interpretations of jihad and martyrdom convince a skeptical weKhomeinistern audience? Has Ali justified his assertion that various groups, Islamic and otherwise, are exploiting fallacious definitions of jihad to support their own agenda?
 
The arguments presented by Aly are quite frankly semantic sophistry. They follow the standard Islamic deception pattern for western audiences. The distinction made between Holy War and jihad (defensive war) is specious. It is all very well for Ali to undertake an etymological examination of jihad and martyrdom and determine that the meaning is so broad it defies precise analysis. Instead of depending on a variety of muslim scholars I suggest he consult an ancient oriental sage “ … it would certainly be to rectify the names … If the names are not correct language is without an object … people do not know where they stand” (Analects of Confucius 13.3). There is no central authority in Islam to resolve this multitude of definitions. Each muslim cleric or sheikh may interpret jihad as they see fit and there is no shortage of material in the Qur’an or the aHadith to justify violent jihad. The history of Islam confirms this interpretation from the 7th through to the 21st century

People Like Us is quite simply a pretentious polemic. Its only value to a secular audience is to gather in one place the arguments used to obfuscate the western debate on the nature and objectives of Islam. I leave the final word to “Jihad” Jack Thomas – “Everyone knows what jihad means”.   
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2007 10:43  

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