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Islamic fundamentalism, and the most serious threat to western civilization since the rise of socialism; often confused with Islam itself in post-9/11 America.
Osama bin Ladin practices Islamism, not Islam.
by Gahmuret February 08, 2007
Islamism is an authoritarian political ideology that seeks to impose Islam on society. Thus, it is a form of theocracy. Whilst this definition is valid for the imposition of any form of Islam on society, almost all Islamists adhere to ultra-conservative beliefs such as those of Wahhabi Saudi Arabia.

The intellectual godfather of Islamism is Hassan al-Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood. In effect, he transferred the fascist concept of the 'state' or 'super state' and imposed it upon the Islamic religion. This is why some describe Islamism as a form of Fascism. al-Banna was a known admirer of European Fascists such as Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Jihadism is the use of violence to achieve Islamism.
Isis is an Islamist group, so are the Muslim Brotherhood and Hiz-but Tahrir.
The MB is a non-violent group in Egypt, but its members are fighting alongside Al-Qaeda in Syria.
Why is it that "Anti-Fascists" are apologists for Islamism?
by Reminisce OG May 07, 2016
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