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.
The "love jihad" conspiracy theory supposedly involves Muslim men forcing women to convert through marriage. Critics have said the legislation has been created to disparage Muslims and provoke further religious tensions.