Hi, need to submit a 1250 words paper on the topic Jihad and the Developing World. This paper proposes to identify the differences between the extremist Jihad which is based on a fanatic interpretation of the Quran, the holy book of the Muslims. and the Islamic struggle to spread and defend God’s word and rule. The factors that contribute to extremism in the third world including economic conditions, educational inadequacies, and fanaticism will be examined.
followed a rigid puritanical form of Islam that emphasized literal interpretation of the Quran, and established religious and political legitimation of extremist ideologies. Earlier key leaders such as Egypt’s Sayyid Qutb and Saudi Arabia’s Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab as well as Abdulaziz created religiopolitical movements to promote Islam by hijra and jihad. “Un-Islamic behavior constituted unbelief (kufr) in their eyes, which must be countered by jihad”, due to which the holy war was considered essential to fight the unbelievers and establish Islamism2.
The Muslims combined military might, missionary zeal, and a desire for acquiring booty, to wage wars approved by their religious leaders. The Islamists believed that death in battle meant martyrdom and eternal bliss in paradise. and victory was considered as a triumph of virtue, along with acquiring booty from plunder. In the 1970s, Islamic activists such as Saudi-born Dr. Abdullah Azzam, described as the Emir or Godfather of global jihad, preached a clear message of militancy: “Jihad and the rifle alone: no negotiations, no conferences and no dialogues”3. Contemporary extremists .such as Osama Bin Laden draw heavily from militant Islamic history, in their fanatic ideologies. .