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This chapter intends to show how differently Allah's Book talks about those topics that became politicised and militarised by traditional scholarship. It shows that struggle and fight in Gods way have nothing to do with martyrdom, missionary activities, and warfare; that Allah does not stipulate any legal punishment for apostasy. It is the aim of the chapter, to make the readers understand why both groups, the Islamists and 'ulamāʼ, have lost the right to speak in the name of God. The chapter begins with the issue of freedom whose proper conceptualisation is absolutely vital for a critique of Political Islam and for a reconfiguration of the collective consciousness of Arab Muslims. It contributes to a clarification of the concept of jihād. The chapter explores a general definition of the term and then outlines specific categories that properly define the act of fighting in Gods way.

Keywords: apostasy; jihād; political Islam



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