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"Islamism" is but part of a dimension

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Submitted by Michael Vanyukov (United States), May 13, 2013 at 12:12

Unfortunately, no argument that could support an entity termed "Islamism" is presented by Dr. Pipes to counter the continuities and consistencies in Islam. Muslims never needed to "absorb" the concept of ideology: Islam has been a totalitarian ideology, by both intent and implementation, from Muhammad's times. Cultural and other achievements, the fluctuating proportions of the "extremists", and variation within Islam that includes "quietists", are irrelevant. After all, Schindler was a card-carrying Nazi too. Variation exists among the followers of any ideology, as humans are thankfully not a eusocial species.

"Islamism" remains a redundancy invented in the West, however convenient and comfortable it might be to add an "ism" and thus truncate the distribution of individual devotion to Islam's scriptural ideologic principles. There is no justification for trichotomization of this dimension of devotion into the discreet entities of "secularism", "apologism", and "islamism". Adding that "ism" has no parallel to creating a term alike "fascism" - rather, the analog to "Islamism" would be "fascismism". The attempts to reunify a novel entity of "Islamism" show how well religious mimicry serves Islam to mislead the West:

http://unchartedforest.blogspot.com/2010/06/islam-religious-mimicry.html

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