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militant islam is not islam

  1. FallGuy

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    As you all know Islam arrived in the 6th century and by all accounts ushered in an age of enlightenment and progress for that time (when only backward Judaism and Christianity had the running). Militant Islam came much later and was political and opportunistic.

    The roots of militant Islam go back to the 13th century, to a traditionalist legal philosopher named Ibn Taymiya, who opposed Islam's incorporation of external influences.

    The first modern use of militant Islam was in the 19th century, as a reaction against colonialist rule in the Middle East. This anti-colonialist harnessing of militant Islam endured through the 1950's.

    The second modern use of militant Islam was in the 1960's and 1970's, as a tool to deflect communism and socialism in the Arab world, which was espoused by Egyptian ruler Gamel Abdul Nasser and his followers.

    The goal of militant Islam is not religious reformation. The goal of militant Islam is to secure power and maintain it through any and all means. Militant Islamists utilize their view of religion in order to gain support for their power seeking revolution.

    Several moderate Arab leaders have fostered Islamic elements to give legitimacy to their regimes and foster support among their people, as well as to offset communist and socialists movements within their societies. While they believed that they could control the radical Islamists that they had supported, in time many of these regimes have been forced to repress these elements, in order to protect their regimes.

    Some Arab countries imported Islamic scholars from Egypt to teach their population Arabic, history and other subjects. Many were trained at Al-Azhar University by militant Islamic clerics, and transmitted their ideology and views to the host country's youth, spreading popular support for militant Islam.

    Militant Islamists gain their popularity through leveraging nationalist and religious pride, expanding on romantic notions within the Arab and Islamic culture, capitalizing on unmet expectations of the general population in the Middle East that has not benefited from globalization, and promising salvation and reward through increased piety.

    Militant Islam is an inward-looking reaction to modernization. It is anti-West and anti-globalization. Its anti-Israel and anti-Zionist rhetoric is a reflection of its anti-Western stance, and is not at the basis of its philosophy or goals.

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