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Rebecca Gould

Professor at University of Bristol

Rebecca Gould, the author of the forthcoming book 'Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus', is a professor of humanities at the University of Bristol.

Rebecca Gould
20 Aug 2015

Extremists militarise 'hijra' concept

In recent decades, the Arabic word jihad -- once used to describe the duty of all Muslims to act according to their faith -- has become overwhelmingly associated with the waging of violent war against non-believers. With the rise of the Islamic State, another term has been refashioned for inclusion in the lexicon of extremist violence: hijra.

20 Aug 2015