What is the Truth about American Muslims? Misunderstood Terms and Practices
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What is the truth about American Muslims? Misunderstood terms and practices. (2012, October 11). Learning for Justice. https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/publications/what-is-the-truth-about-american-muslims/misunderstood-terms-and-practices.

This article provides a clear and short review of the contemporary misuse of the term “jihad” and argues that the recent understanding of “Jihad” is related to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, when stateless actors began to claim the right to declare jihad, and when the extremists appropriated the term to justify violence and terrorism.


The Teaching Against Islamophobia resources were developed with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC, and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU.

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