September 10th, 2003

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Jihad -- 'Holy War', or Internal Spiritual Struggle?

by Richard Burkholder
Director, International Public Opinion Polling,
The Gallup Organization

Jihad /ji-hahd/ n. a holy war fought by Muslims against unbelievers.
-- Oxford Dictionary of Current English

This is how the West typically understands the word jihad. It is the fight against Islam's enemies -- infidel invaders or military occupiers. But within Islam itself, there is considerable debate about the true meaning of the concept.

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