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المتأسلمين al-Muta'slmeen instead of الاسلاميون or al-Islamiyuun

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), May 24, 2016 at 18:23

Dr Pipes

I have great difficulty with the word Islamist as you shall see

Shadi Hamid of Qatra of the Qatar supported the Brookings provides a long and convoluted definition But the truth is an Islamist is a Muslim period who happens to be a Jihadist.

Following the end of the MB era in Egypt in 2013 a term was coined by Egyptians to describe these jihadists and it is المتأسلمين or al-Muta'slmeen or those that pretend to be Muslim

http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/politics/2014/08/13/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%B9%D9%86%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AA%D8%A3%D8%B3%D9%84%D9%85%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%B9%D9%86%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B3%D9%84%D9%85%D9%8A%D9%86.html

Reason? Most Muslims do not plan to be jihadists and the word الاسلاميون al-Islamiyuun or Islamists can be understood as Muslims all Muslims that is

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Well, you agree with me that an Islamist is a specific subset of Muslim: "an Islamist is a Muslim period who happens to be a Jihadist".

Then the lesser issue is how to define that specific subset of Muslims. I disagree with your definition but that's secondary to the fact that we agree on the larger point.

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