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From Terrorism to Nonviolence and the Islamic Peace Paradigm: Jihad, Just War, Peace and Islamic Nonviolence


Islamic contributions in the areas of peace, war, and nonviolence require to be revisited in post-September 11 world. With reinterpretation and redefinition of Islamic concepts of jihad (sacred struggle), sabr (patience), adl (justice), umma (community), sulha (reconciliation), hijra (exodus), diversity, and tolerance, this study attempts to contribute the Islamic understanding of war, peace, and nonviolence. Also, the story of Cain and Abel in the Qur’an shows an example for the nonviolent action together with other contemporary Islamic nonviolence actions such as Intıfıada, Kosovo, and Abdul Ghaffir Khan in Afghanistan. This study will examine the just war, qital (fighting), jihad (sacred struggle), Islamic peace and nonviolence.

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Sezai Ozcelik. Ph.D. received his B.A. in International Relations at Ankara University-Faculty of Political Science in 1994 and a M.A. in Public Administration-Urban and Environmental Studies at Ankara University-Institute of Social Science. He had a M.A. in International Politics-Peace and Conflict Studies in American University-School of International Studies in 1998. His Ph.D. was on Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University-Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He has taught at George Mason University. His research interests are environmental regime negotiations, simulation, content analysis, ethnýc conflýcts, Crýmean Tatars, Islam and nonviolence, Islamic conflict resolution, preventive diplomacy, psychoanalysis, conflict resolution, peace studies. He can be reached at sozcelik@gmu.edu.


adl (justice), diversity, hijra (exodus), Islamic contributions, jihad (sacred struggle), just war, nonviolence, peace, qital (fighting), sabr (patience), sulha (reconciliation), tolerance, umma (community), war

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