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Submitted by Hrishi (India), Feb 15, 2011 at 03:24

Dr.Pipes,

Despite all you've written about the differences between Islam and Islamism, and the former being more amenable to democracy than the latter - the entire subject has been confusing to me..

When you now say "In general, the further Islamists are from power, the more democratic-sounding they are; the more power they have, the less so." to me this still sounds like you are talking of the followers of Islam - how do the pronouncements of the Koran prevent a true Muslim from not embracing theocracy when in positions of power (particularly in majority) - you yourself say that the book teaches them that they are 'superior' to non-believers etc. hardly a enabling foundation for democratisation...

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Daniel Pipes replies:

How can I be talking about all Muslims in the sentence "In general, the further Islamists are from power, the more democratic-sounding they are; the more power they have, the less so"? That would make no sense.

Rather, I am referring to Muslims who follow a specific interpretation of their faith.

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