Radical Islamism

ISIS
The Islamic State: A Very Specific Type of Cult

How should we refer to ISIS?

Words Matter, the Right Words Matter Most
Words Matter, the Right Words Matter Most

“Radical Islam” points us in the wrong direction to identify the kind of Islam that motivates America’s enemies and is too vague to accomplish the defining and limiting that is needed for the grounding of expectations and the setting of strategy.

Radical Islam: What’s in a Word?
Radical Islam: What’s in a Word?

We have to be grateful to President Obama for his tirade over the term “radical Islam” and for the subsequent…

Say now Shibboleth
Say now Shibboleth

To insist on the shibboleth of “radical Islam,” at this moment in the political history of America, can no longer be a matter of insisting on rhetorical accuracy. To insist on this shibboleth, now, is to provide, intentionally or unintentionally, cover for those who are emboldened in their religious and racial bigotry by Mr. Trump’s rhetoric.

radical Islamism
To Define Is To Limit: Obama’s Rhetorical Vacillations Leave Terror Unbound

Obama wrongly insists calling Muslims who commit terrorism in the name of their faith radical Islamists only plays into the hands of those same terrorists.

Islamic Exceptionalism
For Better or For Worse?

Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism argues that Islam is far different from other religions in how it relates to governance, law, and the modern nation-state.