The Culture of Terrorism: Tenets and Treatments


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  • Author: Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah

Translated by Hamza Yusuf

The Culture of Terrorism represents the deliberations of one of the most erudite Muslim jurists in the world today. Shaykh Bin Bayyah offers a candid yet informed discussion on the nature of terrorism and why and how it spreads. With his knowledge of the classical Islamic legal tradition, Bin Bayyah touches on the complex discussions of some of the greatest Muslim jurists who debated about issues such as rebellion and insurrection centuries ago. Through this examination, he arrives at a workable definition of terrorism. In clarifying some of the core misconceptions that relate to jihad, Bin Bayyah aptly demonstrates that Islam prohibits and condemns terrorist acts that are purportedly carried out in its name. In reviewing international solutions for tackling terrorism, Bin Bayyah offers his own ten-point plan that is predicated on a spirit of mutual cooperation and trust between the Muslim world and the international community.