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al-Gama'ah al-Islamiyah

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300196771

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300196771.001.0001

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A Reality-Based Assessment

A Reality-Based Assessment

Chapter Two: A Reality-Based Assessment
Initiative to Stop the Violence

Sherman A. Jackson

Yale University Press

In this chapter the Gamā‘ah lays out three main realities that it sees as critical to its factual assessment of the reality facing Muslims: 1) Israel, 2) the U.S., 3) Egyptian Secularists. The Gamā‘ah argues that the law—including its provision of jihad—cannot be properly applied in oblivion of the impact it is likely to have in light of these realities. This is part of the “Reality-Based Assessment” to whose importance and centrality they admit to having been oblivious to at the time they assassinated Sadat and engaged in all the violence they perpetrated against the Egyptian state and society in the aftermath of his assassination.

Keywords:   Gamā‘ah Islāmīyah, Israel, U.S., Secularists, Jihad, Reality-Based Assessment

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