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Unholy War Vocabulary. Madrasa -religious college or university Haram -prohibited, unlawful activities Jihad- “strive, effort, struggle” to follow Islam; can include defense of faith, armed struggle, or holy war

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Madrasa-religious college or university

  • Haram-prohibited, unlawful activities
  • Jihad- “strive, effort, struggle” to follow Islam; can include defense of faith, armed struggle, or holy war
  • Kafir- “unbeliever” or infidel, one who is “ungrateful” and rejects the message of Islam
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Takfir-excommunication, the proclaiming of a fellow believer as an infidel

  • Ummah-Islamic community; refers to the worldwide Muslim
  • Ayatollah- “Sign of God”, title of a high-ranking Shiite/Shia religious leader
  • Fatwa-formal legal opinion or decision of a mufti on a matter of Islamic law
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Hadith-narrative report of the Prophet Mohammed’s sayings and actions

  • Mullah-a local religious leader
  • Salafi- “ancestors”, 1st generations of Muslim community, beliefs practiced are considered authoritative
  • Mufti-specialist on Islamic law, competent to deliver a fatwa or legal interepetation or belief
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Shariah- “path”, Islamic law

  • Sunnah-normative practice or exemplary behavior of Mohammad
  • Shiite- “party or fraction” of Ali; those Muslims who believe that Muhammad sent Ali to be true leader of Muslim community
  • Sunni-Muslims who believe that they represent Mohammad’s early Muslim community