JAIPUR: 'Jihad might
be infamous as an armed war but in fact, it is more of an ethical
concept with a much deeper meaning and relevance in Islam,' says Ayesha Jalal. In conversation with William Dalrymple over her latest book, Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia,
on the third day of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Ayesha debated over
the idea of ethical jihad, which is pointless if not done with 'imam'
"I myself faced questions like is religion your
personal faith or the sense of identity, which primarily was the driving
force for partition and formation of Pakistan,'' said Ayesha, adding
she had to go through an entire process of reinventing herself before
writing the book. "In the commercial rules of law, the ethical concept
of Jihad does not exist. It is purely based on warfare and a 'Holy War'
as it is now made out to be,'' said the author, during the conversation
also named 'Holy Wars'.