During the beginnings of islam, during the development traditions of Islam,  The idea of the “Greater Jihad” had developed, which involves the aspect of  spiritual struggle in odds with human desires. A concept which is widespread in our concurrent discussions of the Islamic religion. Scholars of Islam often make the point that jhd, the Arabic root of “jihad”, is related in general to  the idea of struggle, yet it has been mistaken with the persistence towards warfare. An argument brought by Muslims has been made, that the tradition of the Greater Jihad, and what it truly stands for shows that Islam origins was a peaceful movement. As Robert Hoyland, the Author of  In God’s Path and a historian of the Middle East shows in his his writing, the story of events that took part in the rise of Islam. That it is in large, a story of military conquests, a conquest of fighting to give rise to their religion. During the time of early beginnings, through which Prophet Muhammad led the Islamic community, their need to use military powers against non-Muslims who threatened their very existence was necessary. These organized movements began in the roots of the Arabian Peninsula, dispersing across  Middle East, Iran, North Africa, as well as parts of  Central Asia. The success of their conquests, built up their territory and enemies which further fueled many conquests to come. Muslim leaders were judged for their prominent and impressive success in the fight against non-Muslim forces. A fight, that I believe other religions have taken before them as well.Yet Indeed, the reader of In God’s Path, may not be able to ignore the impression of aggression that was present throughout the conquest. In every direction, Mohamed sent out messages that asked people to convert, and those who declined were faced by the Islamic forces. One of Islam’s vital gains was Constantinople ( Hoyland, 110).  In years between  and again in 717–18 (a similar parallel to 674–78) one of the biggest armies yet made by the Muslims was organized by the Umayyad (rulers of the time) to take over the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Unfortunately, the campaign resulted in utter failure. The militancy style of early society in Islam was similar to other societies. However, it is important to note that the Arab forces were not intent on creating bloodshed. The rule whenever able, relied on the use negotiations and strategies to convince the cities towards submission without a fight.

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