Violence and Extremism in Islamic Teachings by: Seyed Mostafa Mohaqeq Damad

Document Type : Original Article


This article first deals with the phenomenon of violence within the human history and refers to the sacred texts of the religions. It then studies the religious recommendations to avoid violence and to practice peace. Further, the article also addresses the reasons behind violence from different aspects in the modern world, and highlights the fact that every religious sect considers its beliefs as true: this has led to violence, whereas the dignity of human beings should be taken into account. The article provides that the promotion of friendship and kindness plays a great role in the elimination of violence. Finally, it concludes that peace and reconciliation should be the main criteria among nations in their interactions.