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What is Islamism And What is Islam?

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Submitted by Mark D (United States), Jun 10, 2012 at 22:33

Reading up on your articles, Dr. Pipes, here are the bullet points, the asterisks, the short synopsis -

Islam is not the enemy but Islamism.

Islam is not the only game in town. There is moderate Islam, there is radical Islam, and there is Islamism. And you have stated moderate Islam as key to solving Middle East issues.

Islam can be democratic. It can change.

You do not want to go by the Koran, but people's actions.

And so on.

I appreciate that.

The first order of business though is how does one define "Islamism"?

And how does one define "Islam"?

What is the difference? Lots of questions.

If you would be so kind to fill us in, Dr. Pipes, because you have the full weight of deep knowledge of Middle East issues.

No, unlike before, the more I thought about it the less likely I am to disagree. So the jury is still out as far as I am concerned.

Mark D.

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