Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

By Camilla Gibb

Like Brick Lane and The Kite Runner, Camilla Gibb's extensively praised new novel is a poignant and very atmospheric glance past the stereotypes of Islam. After her hippie British mom and dad are murdered, Lilly is raised at a Sufi shrine in Morocco. As a tender girl she is going on pilgrimage to Harar, Ethiopia, the place she teaches Qur'an to childrens and falls in love with an idealistic healthcare professional. yet even swathed in a conventional headband, Lilly can't break out being marked as a foreigner. compelled to escape Ethiopia for England, she needs to once more confront the riddle of who she is and the place she belongs.

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In fact, Islamist terrorists refer to themselves as people fulfilling the religious duty to jihad being an obligation for every Muslim. A closer look at the phenomenon shows that we are dealing with a new pattern of jihad that can be described as an ‘invention of tradition’,23 for it is not JIHADISM AND INTERCIVILISATIONAL CONFLICT 45 the classical Islamic jihad. Nevertheless, and despite clarification, we need to take the Islamic self-reference of these jihadists seriously. The religious image of the jihadists of themselves, to be ‘the true believers’,24 is not an expression of cynicism, but rather sincere true belief, even though their action might contradict orthodox religious doctrines.

While many Muslim governments have either quietly supported or acquiesced in the US-led occupation of Iraq, a majority of Muslims from Morocco to Indonesia have opposed the occupation, with some of them actively lending financial and human support to the Iraqi resistance and sympathising with the causes and grievances voiced by al-Qaeda and its associated groups. 10 They have come to view the Iraqi resistance and opposition to the US in the wider Muslim world as an expression of some kind of popular sentiment.

Said) acting for their own. On the other hand, we face the extreme of imputing all evils to ‘militant Islam’, equating it with Islam itself. This chapter aims at enlightening against both extremes while endeavoring to introduce the jihadism of political Islam into security studies. In fact, Islamist terrorists refer to themselves as people fulfilling the religious duty to jihad being an obligation for every Muslim. A closer look at the phenomenon shows that we are dealing with a new pattern of jihad that can be described as an ‘invention of tradition’,23 for it is not JIHADISM AND INTERCIVILISATIONAL CONFLICT 45 the classical Islamic jihad.

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