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Effects of Islam The Religion

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Submitted by Mark D (United States), Jan 24, 2014 at 23:05

We have benefited from the comments of a superb scholar: Dr. Pipes, from whom we have learned so much. Thank you for your incredible input on this matter.

However, please tell me the religion Islam has played an incalculable role throughout history and presently for the state the Middle East is at today, afflicted by many ills. But as usual, I see Islamism mentioned again, as if the religion has had no discernible wide impact and is not culpable.

Dr. Pipes, sometimes I feel like you have been trying to protect the religion Islam to some or large degree, tamping its effects down, even showing a measure of compassion towards religion and so Islam. I feel like when Islam the religion should be under intense criticism but instead Islamism is. Not that I do not believe in Islamism, but I feel like sometimes the word "Islamism" should be replaced by "Islam" and that it is unassailably just. You could have put Islam the religion in the mix.

As a matter of fundamental fairness and so as to not muddying the picture, let's attribute contempt that the religion, in this case, fully deserves.

Mark D.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Islamism is one form of Islam, not a thing apart from it. It takes the features of Islam to an extreme.

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