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5 In Zeki-Effendi’s account, also beginning in 1819, Dervisˇ Ahmed, an Islamic mystic who lived in Travnik, had a reputation as a dissident. For an unknown reason, this individual came into conflict with a Travnik Jew named Benjamin Pinto. Dervisˇ Ahmed was arrested by the Ottoman authorities and executed. ˇ Haviljo. Other dervishes then revealed that Dervis ˇ Ahmed was a Jew named Mose 20 Four Years after September 11th: The Failure of Western Media It was also alleged that Pinto and some Jewish accomplices had conspired to punish him for apostasy.

A valuable study of the evolution of the concept of jihad during the period of the Crusades is offered in Hillenbrand (2000: 89-255). In showing it as a far more fluid concept than would be appreciated by most of those who employ the term today, her work suggests possible fruitful approaches to a contemporary appreciation of its meaning. 3 Extensive coverage of settlers talking about how they would be forced out of ‘their’ land and homes made them appear to be victims of an inhuman government policy.

One extreme is the negligence of Islamic duties, the failure to remember God and to carry out duties to oneself, one’s family and one’s fellow human beings. The other extreme is the violation of the tenets of Islam involving the excessive use of force, harshness, lack of compassion and finally, the wrongful interpretation of Islamic laws. So, on the one hand they are lax, they do not follow Islam, they neglect Islam. On the other hand, they apply the religion, but in a wrong way without compassion, by being too harsh in their interpretations.

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