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Fitzgerald: “Islamism” and Islam

30th July 2008

Read it.

In the real world, however, most non-Muslims have no real idea what Islam’s texts contain, or the nature of its commandments and prohibitions, or the inculcated view that there is a state of permanent war (though not always open warfare) between Believers and Infidels, and that it is the duty of Believers to work, sometimes as a collective, sometimes individually, using whatever instruments are available and effective, to remove all obstacles to the spread and then to the dominance of Islam. In that world, that is, the real world in which we now live, use of the term “Islamism” is unhelpful. It can even, as it sows further confusion, be downright dangerous.

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