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1. Islam An individual's striving for spiritual self-perfection.
2. Islam A Muslim holy war or spiritual struggle for the propagation or defense of Islam.
3. A campaign against perceived foes, especially such a campaign regarded as fanatical or immoderate: "The war against smoking is turning into a jihad against people who smoke" (Fortune).

[Arabic jihād, from jahada, to strive; see ghd in Semitic roots.]
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(dʒɪˈhæd) or


1. (Islam) Islam a holy war against infidels undertaken by Muslims in defence of the Islamic faith
2. (Islam) Islam the personal struggle of the individual believer against evil and persecution
3. rare a crusade in support of a cause
[C19: from Arabic jihād a conflict]
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or je•had


1. a holy war undertaken as a sacred duty by Muslims.
2. any vigorous, emotional crusade for an idea or principle.
[1865–70; < Arabic jihād struggle, strife]
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An Arabic word meaning conflict, used especially to mean a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jihad - a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
2.jihad - a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
nisus, pains, striving, strain - an effortful attempt to attain a goal
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[dʒɪˈhæd] N (Rel) → jihad f (guerra santa musulmana)
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[dʒiˈhæd] ndjihad m, jihad m
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n (Rel) → Dschihad m, → Heiliger Krieg
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This provided an opening for jihadi volunteers from other parts of Indonesia, and gave rise to the Ambon and Poso jihads.
The Ambon and Poso jihads only partially overlapped with the Ambon and Poso conflicts.
Table 1: Number of Prior Jihads Listed, Excluding Syria Number of Prior Count of Fighters Percentage of Fighters Jihads Outside with Experience Syria Outside Syria 1 204 93% 2 13 6% 3 2 1% Table 2: Locations of Jihadi Experience Outside of Sham Country or Region Number of Fighters Reporting Experience There Libya 64 Afghanistan 46 Pakistan 22 Iraq 17 Gaza 16 Chechnya 11 Yemen 10 All Others (<10 fighters each) 50
One of these key insights was that the vast majority of the Islamic State's foreign recruits were new to armed jihad. (Islamic State fighters had been asked to report their previous jihadi experience.) An analysis of the Islamic State personnel records by CTC's Brian Dodwell, Daniel Milton, and Don Rassler found that the percentage of fighters who reported prior jihadi experience was "relatively low" at 9.6% and that about a quarter of those who reported previous jihadi experience reported it only in Syria.
Phares discusses successive waves of combat as "jihads"--plural--and argues that militants today seek three main objectives: (1) The liberation of all lands ever held by Muslims (Tahrir), (2) the unification of all Muslim lands (Tawhed), and (3) the establishment of political authority under strict Islamic law (Khalifa, or Caliphate).
Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against America by Walid Phares.
They first give an historical overview, covering the societies affected by declared jihads over the past quarter century.
Discussed next is which people and groups support jihads, who participates, from planning to execution, and how the outside world is combating the current violent form of jihad.
The graduates of these madrassas have also turned up in places like Bosnia, Chechnya, and the Kashmir, and the survivors of those conflicts have taken their battlefield experience back to their home countries where it is being put to use in jihads against their own not-Islamic-enough governments and societies.
[T]he jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries...
How do we know that Kreeft's talk of Armageddon and ecumenical jihads is not just as fanciful?
You didn't know there was such a thing as a Jihad, did you?