Islamism Defined

“Islamism – “Political Islam” is a set of ideologies holding that Islam is not only a religion but also a political system, and that modern Muslims must return to the roots of their religion by uniting politically against non-Muslims.  Islamism is a controversial term, and definitions of it sometimes vary. Leading Islamist thinkers emphasized the enforcement of Sharia (Islamic law); of pan-Islamic political unity; and of the elimination of non-Muslim, particularly Western military,  economic, political, social, or cultural influences in the Muslim world, which they believe to be incompatible with Islam.”

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