"The Book of Jihad" (Kitab al-Jihad) is part of the fragmentary "Book of the Disagreement among Muslim Jurists" (Kitab Ikhtilaf al Fuqaha') by Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari (ca. 839 - ca. 923 C.E.), the famous Muslim historian and Qur'anic commentator. It consists of several sections that deal with different issues related to jihad in classical Islam such as the rules of declaring and conducting war against enemy states and the rules of making peace with the enemy. The present annotated translation of the "Book of Jihad" is based on the original manuscript located in Istanbul, Turkey. This work will appeal to scholars of Islamic Studies as well as Religion, History and Political Science.
Dr. Yasir S. Ibrahim is Assistant Professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Montclair State University, New Jersey. He completed his Ph.D. at Princeton University. Dr. Ibrahim is a specialist in twentieth-century Islamic reform movements in the Middle East. His publications include the article "Muhammad 'Abduh and maqasid al-shari'a" and the forthcoming book Islamic Reform between the Ethics of Divine Command and Utilitarianism.
Preface; Foreword by Yitzhak Nakash; Translator's Introduction; Translation of al-Tabari's Book of Jihad; Notes; Glossary of Arabic Terms; Selected Bibliography; Index.