Contending Views of Violence:The Jihad of Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorists Versus the Just War Traditional of the Islamic and Christian Communities

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS)


Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

First Advisor

Brian Stiltner


"Islamic fundamentalist terrorists employ the tenets of jihad as their justification for attacks on Jews and 'Crusaders'. But the terrorists have perverted the concept of jihad by focusing only on the holy war revelations of the Prophet Muhammad that contain the 'lesser jihad'. Conversely, the 'greater jihad' confirms the main message of peace and justice in the Qur'an and the life of the Prophet."


Master's thesis submitted to the faculty, Sacred Heart University Religious Studies Program in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Religious Studies.