jihad and the saints

Sunday, September 23, 2012

"Jihad" in the spiritual sense of striving, struggle, and spiritual battle against the passions and demons, (as discussed in Greek and Syriac from earliest days of the church, and in Arabic from 600s onwards), is central to Greek, Syriac and Arabic Christian life. It is an aspect of the lives of nearly every saint! My research is mostly on Syrian saints and struggle, but there's so much more that could be done. Found this amazing reference site on saints: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook3.asp