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Jahiliyyah

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam What is This? Covers the religious, political, and social spheres of global Islam in the modern world

    Jahiliyyah

    Pre-Islamic period, or “ignorance” of monotheism and divine law. In current use, refers to secular modernity, for example in the work of Abu al-Ala Mawdudi , who viewed modernity as the “new jahiliyyah.” Sayyid Qutb interpreted jahiliyyah as the domination of humans over humans, rather than submission of humans to God. The term denotes any government system, ideology, or institution based on values other than those referring to God. To correct this situation, such thinkers propose the implementation of Islamic law, values, and principles. Radical groups justify militant actions against secular regimes in terms of jihad against jahiliyyah.

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