What is Islamism?

  • (noun): A fundamentalist Islamic revivalist movement generally characterized by moral conservatism and the literal interpretation of the Koran and the attempt to implement Islamic values in all aspects of life.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Islamism (Islam+-ism; Arabic: إسلام سياسي‎ Islām siyāsī, "Political Islam", or الإسلامية al-Islāmīyah) is a set of ideologies holding that Islam is "as much a political ideology as a religion". Islamism is a controversial term, and definitions of it sometimes vary (see below). Leading Islamist thinkers emphasize 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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Criticism Of Islamism
... Criticism of Islamism concerns critique of those beliefs or notions ascribed to Islamism or Islamist movements ... Islam in legislation, the relationship between Islamism and freedom of expression and the rights of women ... Among those authors and scholars who have criticized Islamism, or some element of it, are Olivier Roy, Joseph E ...
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal - Background
... Historically, literature concerning Islamism and Muslim political institutions has been propagated via the Orientalist discourse, where the rejection of certain post-Enlightenment, national, and secular values ... In fact, much of Islamism and its ideology are critiqued as a launching pad for fundamentalism and radicalism, as political movements such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the ‘Islamic ... However, social science and ethnographic work has proven that Islamism emerges out of middle-class lay intellectuals concentrated in urban centers ...
Islamic Sects - Related Concepts - Islamism
... Islamism is a term that refers to a set of political ideologies derived from various fundamentalist views, which hold that Islam is not only a religion, but a political system governing the legal, economic and ...
Islamofascism - Support
... writer and historian who focuses his work on religion and Islamic affairs, opposes redefining Islamism as `Islamofascism`, but also finds the resemblances between the two ... April 2010 article in The New Republic, historian Jeffrey Herf outlined the ideological linkage of Islamism with World War II Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda which was broadcasted to Muslims throughout the Middle ... chapter in the much longer history of political Islamism ...

More definitions of "Islamism":

  • (noun): The monotheistic religion of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran.
    Synonyms: Islam, Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism