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Body of Victim, Body of WarriorRefugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists$
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Cabeiri deBergh Robinson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274204

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274204.001.0001

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The Mujāhid as Family-Man

The Mujāhid as Family-Man

Sex, Death, and the Warrior’s (Im)pure Body

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(p.201) Six The Mujāhid as Family-Man
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Body of Victim, Body of Warrior
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Cabeiri deBergh Robinson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274204.003.0007

This chapter examines the role of the family in the decision of Kashmiri Muslim refugees to join Islamic militant organizations. It suggests that Kashmiri mujāhids depend on the family for the social recognition of “discernment” (which one gains through sacrificing for others) and for the evaluation of “good intention” (which one gains through moral training in familiar and public domains). It shows how discernment and good intention established jihād as an extension of an internal moral transformation linked to an awareness of mujāhids' obligations to society. It also explains how mujāhids' close association with those who inspire strong personal attachments of love and physical desire, especially children and wives, produced a tension around issues of sexuality and sexual purity. For Kashmiri refugees, the challenge of being a mujāhid is living—not dying—like a martyr.

Keywords:   family, militant organizations, mujāhids, discernment, good intention, jihād, sexuality, sexual purity, Kashmiri refugee, love

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