Dr. LOUAY SAFI provides a systematic analysis of the Qur'anic reference and the prophetic traditions on peace and war. He critically examines the views of classical and modern Islamic scholars in light of the original intent of the Shari'ah. While his views on this subject were articulated as early as 1988, his analysis continues to provide a balanced understanding of the most misunderstood concepts of Islam. I am glad that this work is published at a time when Islam's position on war and peace is being debated very passionately on a global level. I strongly recommend it to all those who are looking for an Islamic understanding of violence, terrorism, war and peace.
Dr. Sayyid M. Seed
Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
This essay is a lucid and enormously useful exegesis of the meaning of jihad especially as understood in Islamic history. It deserves the widest possible attention. Dr. Anthony Sullivan Center of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan. DR. LOUAY M. SAFI has a Ph.D in Political Science and is currently Visiting Professor at George Washington University, USA, as well as President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. He serves on the board of several lading Muslim organizations and is former Director of Research at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), as well as former Editor of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS).