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Islam or Islamism?

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Submitted by Michal (Poland), May 15, 2013 at 04:34

Dr Pipes is writing that Muhammad was not an Islamist, but even if the term was not defined in the 6th century, he was a political leader, warrior and commander. How could you describe him differently than an Islamists? The other problem is with successfulness of Islamic civilization. It is true that Islamic world did created a successful civilization. Nevertheless, it was not because of Islam but in spite of it. Most of "medieval" Muslims were converting to Islam to avoid paying additional taxes and prosecutions. This meant that they were secular people who called themselves Muslims rather than pious believers.

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