Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Radicalized at the Root of Islam?

Hamed Abdel-Samad

I've often stated that Islamism (e.g., the ideology of ISIS) is not Islamic extremism, but is, rather, radicalization at the root of Islam. I now see that the "Egyptian-German scholar Hamed Abdel-Samad [has] said that Islamic extremism and terrorism stem from the 'core of Islam' – from its texts, its history of conquests, its founder, and its ideology." In short, he says what I've been saying.

This is reported in Memri Special Dispatch No. 8056 (May 12, 2019), which can be seen online via this link.

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At 2:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abdel-Samad is somewhat convincing.

Is it true that the "lull" in Islamist hegemony in the late-19th and 20th centuries was driven by Western strength, rather than a lull in the force and meaning of the Islamist ideology, which remain consistent as it goes through periods of dormancy, etc.

However, once can't argue with pictures of Afghanistan and Lebanon in the 60s and early 70s--these used to be "liberalized" countries. Something has happened to excite and empower the Islamist "program." Is it the Islamic Brotherhood backed by Saudi funds, the Soviets and their successors, the CIA/Bush/Neo-Con "New World Order" project, a weakening of "Western" identity and resolve, or a combination of all these factors?

 
At 5:54 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Good questions! Basically, what causes the radicalization?

Jeffery Hodges

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