Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Camel Club II

“[…] Like most Muslims, the only jihad Djamila had ever practiced was the “greater jihad”, the internal struggle to be a better follower of Islam. This man was obviously speaking of another jihad, the “lesser jihad”, the holy war, a concept that originated with Islam in the seventh century. At first Djamila dismissed the man and his advocacy as mindless ravings, yet as her situation grew bleaker, she found herself beginning to listen to him and others like him. The things he was saying, added to the horrors she had seen firsthand, started to make sense to the young woman who’d lost everything. And soon her dismay and hopelessness turned to something else: anger. […]”
David Baldacci, The Camel Club

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