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“The monasticism of my community is jihad”: A debate on asceticism, sex, and warfare in early Islam

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This article explores Muslim attitudes towards asceticism in the second/eighth and third/ninth centuries by examining the famous Prophetic hadith: “Every community has its monasticism, and the monasticism of my community is ǧihād.” The hadith serves as a lens for assessing several broader phenomena, including early Muslim views of Christian monasticism, the rejection of celibacy in Islamic culture, and the promotion of a new code of sexual ethics in the post-conquest Middle East—what this art...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1163/15700585-12341453

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Oriental Studies
Oxford college:
St Cross College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-9563-7781
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers Publisher's website
Journal:
Arabica Journal website
Volume:
64
Issue:
2
Pages:
149-183
Publication date:
2017-06-13
DOI:
EISSN:
1570-0585
ISSN:
0570-5398
Pubs id:
pubs:801130
URN:
uri:0801d65c-8f84-469e-84b8-f2b40852f8ff
UUID:
uuid:0801d65c-8f84-469e-84b8-f2b40852f8ff
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pubs:801130

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