Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dr. Andrew Bostom: How Jihad War Doctrine in Sunni and Shiite Islam Are Equivalent

From the blog of learned expert Dr. Andrew Bostom, (to read the rest click on the link below):

http://www.andrewbostom.org/blog/2013/10/14/how-jihad-war-doctrine-in-sunni-and-shiite-islam-are-equivalent/

How Jihad War Doctrine in Sunni and Shiite Islam Are Equivalent
by Andrew Bostom

Quote:
Shia and Sunni doctrines on jihad are fundamentally the same. 1 Even the so-called “requirement” for the “hidden” Shia Imam’s “consent” to wage jihad, was already argued away regarding “defensive jihad” by Abu Jaffar al-Tusi during the 11th century as the Shia of Iraq were beset by the Sunni Seljuk Turks. 2 This position was reiterated in the 13th century by al-Hilli. These legists maintained—in a deliberately vague and elastic formulation—that Shia Muslims could be summoned to jihad by the Imam’s so-called “designee(s)”—which came to mean the “fuqaha,” or doctors of the (Shiite) Muslim Law. With the advent, at the outset of the 16th century, of the very aggressive Shiite Safavid theocracy under Shah Ismail, who claimed direct descent from the Imams, we see  “non-fuqaha” rulers declaring unabashed offensive, expansionist jihad throughout this dynasty. 5
 Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008)