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Defining the Differing Approach to Islamism Retrospectively

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Oct 1, 2021 at 13:39

Imperceptibly, possibly for this observer (others may be more in tune with the shifting sands of nomadic tribalistic) pursuits of originalist Islam versus the more modern resurgent variants (Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi, Salafist, etc., etc.,) with even the inflections of moderation (apostate?) in Muslim sensibilities, which of these are now destined to be the face of Islam as the world is confronted with, yet again, hostile arguments that the current adherent of the dominant Islamic Regimes (quasi Caliphates(?)) are in fact requiring the world to recognize they are not giving up any quarter where such quarter is deemed under ummah.
While Dr. Pipes' tremendous body of work in the MEF has followed a distinctively analytic approach to the modern intersections of Islam in a world seemingly bent on rejecting any religionistic influences that are to be sublimated to secularism, Islam has more keenly resisted this than most other such pursuits, especially if one notices that not all Muslims are so inclined, but are forced to recognize that merely following the more subtle portions of the Quran is not what is at play here. What was thought to be the Arab awakening (Spring) was not a call to integrate Islam into cooperation with the Western culture, but appears now to be the inception of what the world sees now is an Islam that too few recognize as a full blown contention for global dominance.
The point being is that while many see Islam as a religious series of pursuits in disarray, a leader of the pack is being discerned that is more resistant to being 'downplayed' and the world no longer has the means to mount its own resistance to such an increase of hostilities. Add to that the alliances already in place and the portent of increasing the animus towards western influences in global politics, where does anyone see this is going? Does confronting Islam seem all that possible anymore?
There is only one possibility; but who is really going to seek Israel for defense of freedoms?

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