Jahiliyah is an Arabic
word used generally to mean The Age of Ignorance; which for Muslims
is the period prior to the arrival of their prophet Muhammad
. Although it is used to describe a time, it is more generally used to imply the place: sixth and seventh century
) Arabia. It is called this because in many ways it was an extremely
barbaric society: female infanticide
, honour killings
were the norm, and it was a very class-oriented society.
The definition above is incorrect. The root word for jahiliyah is jahala (to be ignorant of). In Arabic if someone is ignorant, he would be called a jaahil. The author above is confused with the word kaafir, which means to cover up and is also the word used in the Qur'an as a term for non-believers: that they know the truth but choose to cover it up.