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Muslim Martyrdom and Quest for Martyrdom in the Crusading Period

Muslim Martyrdom and Quest for Martyrdom in the Crusading Period


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Muslim Martyrdom and Quest for Martyrdom in the Crusading Period

By Daniella Talmon-Heller

Al-Masaq, Vol. 2 (2002)

Abstract: Etan Kohlberg ends his comprehensive article on “Medieval Muslim views on martyrdom” saying that: “Modern ideas about martyrdom [shahada] cannot be understood in isolation; they draw their inspiration from the past”. This article deals with shahada and talab al-shahada, namely with the quest for martyrdom, an idea just as modern and as medieval as martyrdom itself. Here it is studied within the historical framework of the conflict between Muslims and Franks in the Levant, in the context of Muslim memory, propaganda and piety.

The Ž first Muslims who lost their lives because of their commitment to the new Islamic faith, were killed Ž fighting their pagan enemies on the battleŽfield – that is, in a very different manner than the Christian martyrs of late antiquity, martyred for clinging to their faith, or later Christians, propagating their faith in the early Middle Ages.


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