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Making Sense of Jihad vs. Hirabah (Terrorism) This lesson helps students distinguish between the broad Islamic concept of jihad, and hirabah, a term used by classical Muslim scholars to identify unlawful acts of public violence that today would be labeled “terrorism.” Students will thus be able to critically evaluate journalistic or popular misrepresentations of the concept of jihad. For use with: Video documentary FRONTLINE: MUSLIMS or as standalone lesson on the topic. Search by title or keyword in pdf to find lesson plan.

Type of Resource

Lesson plan, video, Interactive website

Topic Category
  • Lesson plan
  • Contemporary Muslim regions
  • Current events
  • Islam
  • Islam and Muslims
  • Islamic law
  • Interactive website
  • Teaching about religions
  • World religions
  • World history
Grade Level
  • High School