Medieval Muslim Views on Martyrdom

Kohlberg, E.

1997 | 32 pagina's | ISBN 90-6984-195-9 | Euro 11,00

The notion of martyrdom has been of central importance throughout Islamic history, yet it has been little studied. This state of affairs is particularly striking when we consider the rich literature on Christian and Jewish martyrs. One of the few monographs on Muslim martyrdom was written by the eminent Dutch scholar Arent Jan Wensinck whose study, The Oriental Doctrine of the Martyrs was published in Amsterdam in 1921. This volume aims to describe the main types of martyrs found in Islam and presents interesting thoughts of the author about the relationship between martyrdom and suicide. Kohlberg sees a parallel between medieval soldiers and modern terrorist suicide bombers.