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4 01, 2018

War is Deceit by Professor Joel Hayward

January 4th, 2018|English, English Publications, Islam Series|

The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre English Monograph Series - Book No. 24

This monograph analyses Prophet Muhammed’s statement: “War is Deceit”. The author rejects the view that, in the wars fought by Muhammad, he acted immorally through any acts of wanton personal dishonesty (“deceit”) that constitute severe character imperfections and stain his reputation as a holy man. It argues instead that, in his quest to defeat the forces within Arabia which sought to destroy his fledgling community, Muhammad used ruse and bluff, or strategic and tactical deception, as a reasonable, necessary and eminently legitimate means of gaining military advantage so as to minimise suffering on both sides. It argues that, if Muhammad is to be condemned for using ruses during warfare, then for consistency and fairness his critics must also consider earlier prophets including Moses, Joshua and David, and all of history’s greatest military leaders, including Washington, Wellington, Nelson, Lee, Churchill and Eisenhower, to have been morally corrupt merely because they also esteemed the advantages obtained through the use of ruse.

About the Author: Professor Joel Hayward is Professor of Strategic Thought at the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates. His former posts have included being the Director of the Institute of International and Civil Security and the Chair of the multidisciplinary Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Khalifa University (UAE) and the Dean of the Royal Air Force College (UK). He is the author of many books and peer-reviewed articles.



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20 11, 2016

A Classical Primer on Tajwīd

November 20th, 2016|Islam Series|

Tajwīd (tr. ‘making something good or better’) is the discipline of proper Qur’anic recitation. It involves pronouncing each letter from its proper point of articulation and giving it its due attributes consistently. It is acquired by listening to those who have mastered it, emulating them, and being tested. Learning the theoretical rules of tajwīd is a communal obligation (Ar. farḍ kifāyah) while practicing it is an individual obligation (Ar. farḍ ʿayn).

This book is a complete, annotated translation of Sheikh Sulaymān al-Jamzūrī’s Tuḥfat al-Aṭfāl, a classical didactic poem on tajwīd, including the section on ‘points of articulation’ (Ar. maḵārij al-ḥurūf) from Imam Ibn al-Jazarī’s intermediate-level poem on tajwīd.

(Paperback, 69 pages)



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