Tipping points that can unleash revolutionary

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tipping points that can unleash revolutionary violence and sustained conflcit as in present day Syria and Iraq. However, the need for change should not be taken as a licence to resort to egregious violence that destroys social fabric, historical monuments and any hope of reconciliation between different segments of the society. Alternatively if peace and nonviolence are to be deemed as instrumental values then there must be other recognizable values whose intrinsic worth is perceived as more than that of peace itself. It is only when such values are identified that peace can be risked in pursuit of these values which are perceived as more precious than peace. Some Muslim thinkers and activists consider, pursuit of justice or the establishment of an Islamic order as definitely values that must be fought for. This view is the reason why we see the proliferation of armed non-state actors across the Muslim World, indulging in violence and justifying their actions as purusit of jsutice and Islamic order. We on the other hand contend that justice, equality, and freedom are values more valuable than peace. We are not willing to give up our freedom or allow ourself to be oppressed or be treated unjustly without a fight. Can we demand that people give up their rights, their freedoms and accept injustices in the interest of maintaining flawed orders? Certainly not! But we can appeal to the suffering and the marginalized to give “peaceful change” a chance. We can atleast defend instrumental peace if not peace as an inherent value worth achieving above everything else. Particularly with respect to a region where change is necessary, the engineering of peaceful, gradual and systematic change will preclude violent
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Journal of Islamic & Religious Studies, July-Dec 2017 6 and revolutionary transformations. We believe, we can develop a discourse based on Quranic principles of peace to advance the cause of peace both between nations and within nations. 13 Jihad and Salam for Change ا ني ِ د ا ت ْ ع ُ مْلا ُّ ب ِ ُ يُ ا لَ ا َّللَّا َّ ن ِ إ او ُ د ا ت ْ ع ا ت ا لَ ا و ْ مُك ا نوُل ِ تا ا ق ُ ي ا ني ِ ذ َّ لا ِ َّللَّا ِلي ِ ب ا س ِ فِ اوُل ِ تااق ا و “And fight in the path of Allah those who fight you, but violate not his limits. Truly, Allah likes not those who transgressors ”. (Quran 2:190). The Quran advances a very sophisticated view of peace (Al-Salam) 14 . In many verses peace is presented as a final reward for a virtuous life (Quran 5:16). It also describes dar al-Islam , the house of Islam, as the abode of peace (Quran 10:25). Quran teaches Muslims to greet each other everytime they meet, by wishing peace for each other (Quran 6:54). However the Quran does not shy away from use of force to deter and end persecution and religious intolerance. The strongest statement on the use of force agaisnt oppression is in the second chapter of the Quran al-Baqarah (verse 191):
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  • Spring '19
  • Madam Masila
  • Islam, Muslim world, Journal of Islamic & Religious Studies

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