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In what do Islamists differ from Muhammad?

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Submitted by Mladen Andrijasevic (Israel), May 14, 2013 at 17:06

You write "Muhammad was a plain Muslim, not an Islamist, for the latter concept dates back only to the 1920s.

The real question is not whether the concept of an Islamist dates from to the 1920s, but in what do Islamists differ from Muhammad?

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Muhammad, if he existed, reflected the mores of his time. Islamists create a systematic ideology attempting to revive the mores of his time.

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