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"The Jihad"

Episode 16

Written by: Stephen Kandel

Directed by: Hal Sutherland

Airdate: Jan. 12, 1974

Stardate: 5683.1

Kirk and Spock join a party of aliens to search for and recover a priceless artifact, the loss of which may cause a galactic holy war; but they soon learn that one of the party is a saboteur.

Voice Credits:

Regular Characters:
Captain Kirk William Shatner
Mr. Spock Leonard Nimoy
Lieutenent Sulu George Takei

Guest Characters:
Tchar James Doohan
Sord James Doohan
Em/3/Green David Gerrold
Lara Majel Barrett
Vedalan Majel Barrett



  • Jihad is an Arabic word which means holy war.
  • This episode's author Stephen Kandel wrote another animated STAR TREK episode "Mudd's Passion". He also wrote the two Harry Mudd episodes of the Original STAR TREK series, "Mudd's Women" and "I, Mudd."
  • The character of Tchar was an eight-foot tall birdlike alien who was shown flying in the episode. Tchar would have been impossible to do in a live action series, as written. This is a good example of the animated STAR TREK series being able to show us interesting non-humanoid aliens.
  • There is a page in this site that focuses on the Vedalan Land Vehicle that featured prominently in this episode.
  • This episode was the last episode of the first season.
  • Four starships were seen in orbit of Vedala. The ships were drawings reused from "The Time Trap." The ships presumably belonged to Tchar, Sord, Lara and Em/3/Green.
  • A VHS video tape containing "The Jihad" and "The Terratin Incident" is available for purchase from, the online bookseller.
  • "The Jihad" was novelized by Alan Dean Foster in Star Trek Log Five published by Ballantine Books in August 1975. Also novelized in the book was "The Ambergris Element" and "The Pirates of Orion".


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