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The Butlerian Jihad is an epic turning point in the back-story of Frank Herbert's fictional Dune universe. In a nutshell, thinking machines are created and are first used to serve man, then through a conspiracy of a number of ambitious militant humans the machines gain the power to dominate and enslave nearly all of humanity in the galaxy. Eventually a 'jihad' occurs, purging the universe of all kinds of 'thinking machines' and thus the ban saying "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind", which is in place during all six original Dune novels. Frank Herbert does not give much detail on how he imagined this conflict, but it has now been made into a series of novels, Legends of Dune, by Herbert's literary heirs Brian Herbert (son of Frank Herbert) and Kevin J. Anderson. They explain that the Jihad was a struggle between humans and thinking machines, which had been used by the Titans to enslave many worlds before the A.I. program Omnius usurped control away from them. The characters Serena Butler and Xavier Harkonnen ignite a war to rid the universe of the thinking machines. In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ... Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... The fictional Dune universe, or Duniverse is the political, scientific, and social setting of author Frank Herberts six-book Dune series of science-fiction novels. ... In the philosophy of artificial intelligence, strong AI is the claim that some forms of artificial intelligence can truly reason and solve problems; strong AI states that it is possible for machines to become sapient, or self-aware, but may or may not exhibit human-like thought processes. ... Jihad, sometimes spelled Jahad, Jehad Jihaad or Djehad, (Arabic: ‎ ) is an Islamic term, from the Arabic root (to exert utmost effort, to strive, struggle), which connotes a wide range of meanings: anything from an inward spiritual struggle to attain perfect faith to a political or military struggle to further the... Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986) Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... -1... Brian Herbert (born 1947) is an American author. ... For the actor known as Kevin Anderson, see Kevin Anderson (actor). ... In the fictional universe of Dune, the twenty Titans are a group who took over the Old Imperium, a millennium or so before the Butlerian Jihad. ... Omnius was the evermind, or controlling intelligence, of the robots in the Legends of Dune series, a trilogy of novels set before Frank Herberts Dune. ... Serena Butler, the daughter of Manion and Livia Butler, is a character in Brian Herbert and Kevin J Andersons Legends of Dune series, a trilogy of novels set during the Butlerian Jihad, the war against thinking machines only vaguely referred to in Frank Herberts original Dune series. ... Xavier Harkonnen is a character in the fictional Dune Universe. ...

End of the Conflict

The Jihad ended in human victory at the Battle of Corrin. The leader of the Jihad then renamed his royal house "House Corrino", and declared himself Emperor of the Known Universe. The Emperors of the Empire of a Million Worlds were all of House Corrino for the next 10,000 years, until the events of Dune and the ascension of Paul Atreides. It has been suggested that Bridge of the Hrethgir be merged into this article or section. ... Shaddam IV on the Golden Lion Throne Imperial House Corrino is a Great House and ruling family in the fictional Dune universe of Frank Herbert. ... Shaddam IV on the Golden Lion Throne Imperial House Corrino is a Great House and ruling family in the fictional Dune universe of Frank Herbert. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...


Long-Lasting Effects

The Jihad proved to have many profound long-lasting effects on the socio-political and technological development of humanity throughout the galaxy. After the destruction of the intelligent machines throughout the human worlds, the commandment not to construct a machine that bears the exact image of a human mind holds sway. This lack of computers leads to a return to feudalism and facilitates a need for humans to perform computer-like tasks and calculations, which leads to the creation of the new galactic order which includes the mentat order, the Spacing Guild, the Bene Gesserit, and all Houses. However, it seems mankind cannot do without new technology and as the centuries pass fringe worlds like Ix and Tleilax give birth to the technological powers of the Ixians and the Bene Tleilax. The Ixians produce mechanical technology which skirts the boundary of using "thinking machine" technology; while the Tleilaxu provide biological technology to replace the mechanical "thinking machine" technology used before the Jihad. Another major effect was the renewed belief in the humankind's spiritual divinity. Roland pledges his fealty to Charlemagne; from a manuscript of a chanson de geste. ... A Mentat is a profession or discipline called human computers in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... The Spacing Guild is a fictional organization in Frank Herberts Dune universe created in a series of science fiction novels starting in Dune and ending with Chapterhouse Dune. ... The Bene Gesserit (from Latin or Arabic: see the origin of the name) are a key social, religious and political force in Frank Herberts science fiction universe of Dune. ... The Ixians are a society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in his Dune series of novels. ... The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are a secretive society in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert in the Dune series of novels. ...


See also

The Luddites were a social movement of English workers in the early 1800s who protested — often by destroying textile machines — against the changes produced by the Industrial Revolution that they felt threatened their jobs. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

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