The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict between Islam and Christianity

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Roli Books, Dec 31, 2003 - Political Science - 404 pages
The Shade of Swords: M.J. Akbar writes the first cohesive history of jihad. From the Prophet Muhammed to the presence of British and American troops in Afghanistan, and more recently in Iraq, Akbar shows how jihad's origins lie in the earliest consciousness of Muslims, how it thrives on complex notions of persecution, victory and sacrifice. Jihad pervades the mind and soul of Islam. This book reveals its strength and significance, and this jihad has come to Iraq in a new Shia dimension.

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In this history of jihad over the last 14 centuries, Indian journalist Akbar (India: The Siege Within) uses his eye for anecdote and skillful sense of narrative flow to keep the recitation of names ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

 M.J. Akbar, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Asian Age, a multi-edition daily newspaper; and the Deccan Chronicle is a leading journalist and author. After successfully launching and establishing a weekly newsmagazine, Sunday, and a daily newspaper, The Telegraph, in the '70s and '80s, he briefly interrupted his career in journalism to enter politics in November 1989 as an elected representative in Parliament. He returned to writing and editing in 1993. He is the author of Blood Brothers, Nehru: The Making of a Nation, Kashmir: Behind the Vale, India: The Siege Within, Riot After Riot and Byline.

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