Islamism

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From Islam +‎ -ism. Compare French islamisme.

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Islamism (plural Islamisms)

  1. The religious system of Muslims; Islam, Mohammedanism. [from 17th c.]
    • 1827, Walter Scott, The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte:
      ‘There is no God but God, and Mahommed is his prophet’. A confession of faith which is in itself a declaration of Islamism.
  2. Muslim fundamentalism. [from 20th c.]
    • 2012, Malise Ruthven, ‘Reason & Religion’, Literary Review, issue 399:
      Tibi makes an absolute distinction between Islamism, which he regards as a totalitarian political ideology resembling Nazism and communism, and Islam, the religion to which he adheres.

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