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Muslim or Islamist

Reader comment on item: Trump: You Should Ban Islamists, Not Muslims

Submitted by ECAW (Serbia And Montenegro), Dec 12, 2015 at 08:43

I know that Dr Pipes has said that Mohammed was not an Islamist but just a Muslim, but here is his definition "Islamists are those Muslims who seek to apply Islamic law, oppress women and non-Muslims, and establish a worldwide caliphate".

Which of those boxes does he not tick?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Islamism is a modern ideology derived from Islam. No pre-modern Muslim, including Muhammad himself, was an Islamist. For example, he did not have advanced ideas about Islamic economics. He did not see Islam in opposition to a dominant Western civilization. And so on.

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