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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
[URL: http://www.ict.org.il/articles/fatwah.htm]

  1. List the accusations that Osama bin Laden has made about the United States.
  2. What does the fatwa ask Muslims to do?
  3. What does he say will happen to Muslims that do not heed the call to jihad?
  4. What factors might influence the effectiveness of the fatwa?

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