» Student Handout:
Osama bin Laden and Holy War
A NOTE TO STUDENTS: Be sure to take complete notes on all of the questions. These are to be turned in at the end of the assignment.
Osama bin Laden issued a call for jihad (holy war) on February 23, 1998. Read the text at:
Text of Fatwah Urging Jihad Against Americans
- List the accusations that Osama bin Laden has made about the United States.
- What does the fatwa ask Muslims to do?
- What does he say will happen to Muslims that do not heed the call to jihad?
- What factors might influence the effectiveness of the fatwa?