Glossary of Islamic Terms
Islamist terrorism has introduced new--and frequently misused--Arabic terms into English. Find out what terms such as jihad and salafi really mean.
Fatwas, Islamic legal opinions usually issued on matters related to everyday life, have also been used to communicate anti-Western sentiment.
What is Jihad?
About.com Guide Austin Cline offers an excellent explanation of the multiple meanings of jihad in Islamic history and in the present.
Our daily news tells us that we are surrounded by a growing number of jihadis and that there is a global jihadist movement. But they rarely tell us who jihadis are or what they believe. Find a definition and a historical background here.
The world's great religions all have both peaceful and violent messages from which believers can choose. Religious terrorists and violent extremists share the decision to interpret religion to justify violence, whether they are Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, or Sikh.