Muslims are fighting each other for the same reasons Christians are fighting each other, Politics and Power (ODT)
The word “jihad” has become pervasive in English. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates yesterday spoke of “jihadis.” The Western Right wing is trying to use the term to replace the Communist Manifesto as the ultimate in the threatening Other. It figures prominently in FBI charges against militants. It is often glossed as “holy war.” People, especially those who dislike Islam, think that it means aggression and that the conception is intrinsic to the religion of Islam.
In fact, the Prophet Muhammad never preached “jihad” in this sense of “holy war,” as I argue in my new book: