Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Body of Victim, Body of WarriorRefugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021

The Mujāhid as Family-Man

The Mujāhid as Family-Man

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

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

Cabeiri deBergh Robinson

University of California Press

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

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.