Definitions

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  • noun Islam temptation or trial
  • noun sedition
  • noun social unrest or civil war

Etymologies

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Arabic rebellion or strife

Examples

  • For those familiar with early Islamic history, as well as modern Arab political discourse, the term fitna is highly-charged and indicates a sectarian conflict.

    Dr. Josef Olmert: Sunnis and Shiites -- Iran Has a Problem

  • The film's title comes from the Arabic word 'fitna' which is used to describe 'disagreement and division among people', or a 'test of faith in times of trial'.

    British Blogs

  • Bin Laden's fear of religious division, or fitna, is perhaps the main reason why hatred of the Saudi royal family, which has committed the unforgivable sin of allowing U.S. soldiers on Saudi soil since 1990, has not turned into a violent campaign against the house of as-Sa'ud and its very bombable oil wells.

    The Gospel According to Osama Bin Laden

  • Bin Laden's fear of religious division, or fitna, is perhaps the main reason why hatred of the Saudi royal family, which has committed the unforgivable sin of allowing U.S. soldiers on Saudi soil since 1990, has not turned into a violent campaign against the house of as-Sa'ud and its very bombable oil wells.

    The Gospel According to Osama Bin Laden

  • Lebanon's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, shot back that Qaradawi was trying to incite "fitna" - the word for internal civil strife among Muslims that is anathema to followers of Islam.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • Tribal traditions and a male-dominated reading of Islam have produced a deeply rooted ideology of women as temptresses, who must be kept under control to avoid "fitna" or social strife, thereby safeguarding the "peace of Islam."

    Ida Lichter, M.D.: Afghan Women's Movements Deserve More From the West

  • Tribal traditions and a male-dominated reading of Islam have produced a deeply rooted ideology of women as temptresses, who must be kept under control to avoid "fitna" or social strife, thereby safeguarding the "peace of Islam."

    Ida Lichter, M.D.: Afghan Women's Movements Deserve More From the West

  • I point to the demonisation of Muslims, the growing currency of films such as fitna and increasingly hard line attitudes towards the Muslim community in Britain.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Alex says: “To deny the mild parallels between the mistreatment of Jews in history and the early stirrings of similar sentiments against Muslims today is to deny reality” and cites in support of this argument: “the growing currency of films such as fitna”.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • I point to the demonisation of Muslims, the growing currency of films such as fitna and increasingly hard line attitudes towards the Muslim community in Britain.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

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