By M. J. Akbar

Publish 12 months note: First released August sixth 2001

The colour of Swords is the 1st cohesive historical past of Jihad, written by means of considered one of India's top newshounds and writers. during this paperback version, up-to-date to teach how and why Saddam Hussein repositioned himself as a Jihadi opposed to the US, M.J. Akbar explains the fight among Islam and Christianity. putting fresh occasions in a historic context, he tackles the tough query of what now for Jihad following the cave in of Saddam Hussein's regime.

With British and American troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and once more in Iraq, the possibility of Jihadi recruitment is ever expanding. Explaining how Jihad prospers on advanced and moving notions of persecution, victory and sacrifice, and illustrating how Muslims themselves have traditionally attempted either to direct and keep an eye on the phenomenon of Jihad, Akbar indicates how Jihad pervades the brain and soul of Islam, revealing its power and significance.

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P65 25 4/17/02, 3:35 PM 3 REBELLIONS IN THE DARK OF THE NIGHT The last injunction that the apostle gave was in his words ‘Let not two religions be left in the Arabian peninsula’. ) When the apostle was dead the Muslims were sore stricken. I have heard that Aisha used to say, ‘When the apostle died the Arabs apostatized and Christianity and Judaism raised their heads and disaffection appeared. ’ [From The Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq, born in Medina c. ] ind, who had tasted his uncle’s liver, was understandably apprehensive as she waited in line to pay homage to Muhammad.

As we shall see, they were replaced by one of their generals, Abu al-Abbas, a distant relative of the Prophet. With the Abbasids began another cycle of rise, decline, and renewal in Muslim history. The Caliphate was the one institution that survived the changing dynasties. What lay behind the strength of this idea? While Sunni Muslims, spread across three continents, recognized more than one king at any given moment, they generally accepted only one of them as Caliph. There had to be a rationale for such a status.

I am not however on the hajj; the pilgrimage can be performed only during the eighth, ninth, and tenth days of Zul Hijjah, the twelfth month of the lunar Muslim calendar. I am on umra, or the lesser pilgrimage, which can be performed at any time of the year, but does not earn the same merit and is no substitute for the hajj, which is compulsory for every believer who can afford to undertake it. p65 13 4/17/02, 3:35 PM THE SHADE OF SWORDS him when his forehead touches the ground as he prays to Allah.

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