jihadism

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jihad +‎ -ism Coined in the late 1970s, from Arabic جِهَاد ‎(jihād) +‎ -ism, based on the earlier (1960s) adjective jihadist.

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jihadism ‎(usually uncountable, plural jihadisms)

  1. The ideological movement within modern Islamic fundamentalism that advocates armed jihad.
    • 1983[1], Research in social anthropology, 1975-1980:
      The twin institutions of mahdist jihadism and radical puritanical sufism
    • 2009, Jonathan Freedland, “As British Jews come under attack, the liberal left must not remain silent”[2], The Guardian:
      Liberals rightly recoil from the constant pressure on Muslims to explain themselves and denounce jihadism or even islamism.

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