German Court Lets Boy Be Named ‘Djehad’–Holy War

WTOP-AM/FM (Washington, D.C.), September 2, 2009

A Berlin court has upheld rulings in favor of parents who sought to name their son Djehad, a variation on the Arabic “jihad,” or holy war.

The superior court upheld two lower court rulings allowing the name on grounds that it is recognized for males in Arabic-speaking countries.

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But the court said in a ruling Tuesday that the name’s meaning is rooted in the requirement to spread the Muslim faith, although it has recently become linked _ especially since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks _ with radical Islam.

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