Jihad is an Arabic word that means striving or struggling with a praiseworthy aim. The term has been used by terrorist groups in connection with their attacks on Western societies.
The word jihad appears frequently in the Quran with and without military connotations. In Islamic law, the term refers to armed struggle against unbelievers. But it in a religious content it can have a different shade of meaning, such as struggle against one's evil inclinations, or efforts toward the moral betterment of society. The term jihad is often rendered in English as "Holy War – but this translation is controversial. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW English language content referring to the term.
IS has been defeated on the battlefield. But the struggle is far from over. Some of the fighters and their families are German citizens and want to come back. Is a new jihad imminent? Guests: Amir Mussawy (Freelance Journalist), Alan Posener (Die Welt), Kristin Helberg (Middle East Analyst)
Turkish-backed rebels are deploying to Idlib province to fight an alliance led by the former Nusra Front, Turkish President Erdogan has said. In turn, the militia said "lions of jihad and martyrdom" were ready to pounce.