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Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought

1 January 2010 - 31 December 2012

PI/s in Exeter: Professor Robert Gleave

CI/s in Exeter: Dr István Kristó-Nagy

Funding awarded: £ 504,887

Sponsor(s): ESRC

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Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought

About the research

A three-year project exploring the justification of violence in Islamic thought from the earliest time until now.  The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Global Uncertainties Programme.

Between 2010 and 2013, the project team will be researching the history and development of justifications for violence in the Islamic intellectual tradition.  When and how have Muslim thinkers justified violent acts?  When did they refuse to justify them?  How have these justifications changed over time and what influence do these historical arguments have on the ideology of Islamic movements in the modern period?  These and other questions form the focus of the project.  More information is available on the project website.

Economic and Social Research Council