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EP 043: Just-war Theory | Justin Parrott


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Mahin, SIM and Sh. Amir talk to Justin Parrott over Skype. Justin is a researcher for the newly formed initiative led by Sh. Omar Suleiman, the Yaqeen Institute.  We talk about Jihad, Creeping Sharia, Sam Harris, Imam Ghazali.

Justin Parrott has a BA in Physics, English from Otterbein University. MRes in Islamic Studies in progress from University of Wales. Current Researcher at NYU in Abu Dhabi. He currently resides in Abu Dhabi

Justin's article Jihad as Defense: Just-war Theory


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One comment on “EP 043: Just-war Theory | Justin Parrott

  1. Nabeel says:

    Ok. Listened to the podcast and I've read the article too.

    I don't buy it.

    The preponderant opinion of every legal school differentiates between offensive and defensive jihad.

    Many jurists go as far as stating that offensive jihad is at minimum obligatory once a year, more being better. (e.g. Imam Ash-Shafi'i, Imam Al-Qurtubi - both of whom Parrot quotes - Imam Al-Juwayni, Imam Ibn Qudama,)

    The only reason it isn't obligatory more than once, they reason, is that marshalling the resources for war takes a long time!

    Ibn Al-Qayyim states in Zad Al-Ma'ad states that the rulings of jihad came in four stages - impermissible, permissible in self-defence, offense against the Arab pagans, and finally offense against people beyond the Arabian peninsula.

    Parrot attempts, unconvincingly, to explain this away as the scholars saying "hey, we gotta do what we gotta do" as opposed to something that the Quran and Sunnah prescribe.

    The only intellectually honest way around this is to claim that Jihad is a means to an end, and not an end in-and-of itself. And this is just one of the possible opinions. The other being that Jihad is the end, with its proofs from Quran and Sunnah.

    I would have liked to hear Sheikh 'Aamir discuss this point in more detail.

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