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Differentiate Islam and Islamism?

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Submitted by AJ (United States), Sep 7, 2010 at 13:01

Daniel, I agree with your letter except for your differentiation of "Islam" (the solution) and "Islamism" (the problem). Adding an "ism" to the end of the word does not, for me, transform the problem into a solution. At the loeast, it is confusing. "Let's see, which is the bad one - Islam or Islam ism? Oh, I know, Muslims are the peace loving guys, but Radical Muslims are the viscous, mass killer...."

Aren't Muslims the guys who follow the Koran, and Muhammad, in general, as a religious concept, while Radical Muslims are the guys who follow the same, in totality, as a literal religous imperative?

It would seem that there is no differentiation in kind, only of degree.

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