Asma afsaruddins striving in the path of god is the most comprehensive and instructive treatment of jihad to date a holistic reading of texts dealing with jihad and its correlates sabr patience forbearance and martyrdom it traces diverse interpretations of those terms right through to the present day. Striving in the path of god jihad and martyrdom in islamic thought asma afsaruddin historically grounded discussion of the varied meanings of jihad close diachronic study of texts from different genres not usually consulted on this topic. Striving in the path of god jihad and martyrdom in islamic thought i striving for in and in the path of god ii fighting in the path of god iii the ethics of fighting refraining from fighting and peacemaking iv dying in the path of god v jihad and martyrdom compared in early and later h adith literature. In popular and academic literature jihad is predominantly assumed to refer exclusively to armed combat and martyrdom in the islamic context is understood to be invariably of the military kindthis perspective derived mainly from legal texts has led to discussions of jihad and martyrdom as concepts with fixed universal meanings divorced from the socio political circum. Historically grounded discussion of the varied meanings of jihad
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