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 Encyclopedia: Islam as a political movement
The Hajj or Haj (Arabic:) is the Pilgrimage to Mecca (or, Makkah) and is the fifth of the Five Pillars of Islam in Sunni Islam and one of the ten Branches of Religion in Shia Islam.
As scholars of this movement have carefully outlined, in a very great variety of works up to and through the 1970s, there is little tactically in common in the various movements that seek to apply Islam as a solution, or use its terms to rationalize their solutions, to issues in the modern Islamic World.
Given the variety of the movements, and their varying goals, it is almost always advisable when referring to a specific political movement, to avoid generalizations and refer to it by its name.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Islam-as-a-political-movement   (2242 words)

 Islam - Simple English Wikipedia
Islam is a religion that started in Arabia in the 7th century.
Islam was begun by a man named Muhammad.
Muslims can usually fall under one of two sects or groups: Sunni Islam, which is followed by most Muslims, and Shia Islam, which has fewer followers, but is popular in Iran and some parts of Iraq.
simple.wikipedia.org /wiki/Islam   (374 words)

 The Silent Holocaust: Why Humanity Must Achieve Victory over Islam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The oppression maintained by Islamic movements primarily takes the form of opposition to the freedom of women, by crushing women's civil liberties, by curtailing freedom of expression in the cultural and personal domains, by enforcing brutal laws and traditions, and by the mass killing of people from young children to the elderly.
Political Islam, however, is a political movement that has come to the fore against secular and progressive movements for liberation, and against cultural and intellectual advances.
The crimes committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran and political Islam in the region are comparable to the crimes committed by Fascism in the 1930s and early 1940s, and to the genocide in Rwanda and Indonesia.
www.secularislam.org /humanrights/silent.htm   (1958 words)

 Islam: Politics In Religious Garb
The separation of politics from religion means that religionists should not force their religious views on politics and the politicians should stay away from religions in their political affairs.
By becoming a political movement and engaging in terrorism and subversive activities to topple the governments and impose Sharia (Islamic rule), Islam is inviting the political groups to oppose it.
Islam is not a religion in the strict meaning of the word dealing with afterlife, spirituality and morality, but rather a political movement using the religious façade to dominate the world.
www.faithfreedom.org /oped/sina21228.htm   (1102 words)

 Talk:Islam as a political movement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Islam as a political movement focuses on the evolution of the various 20th century ways Islam got involved in politics, and is meant to complement militant Islam, on the groups, tactics, doctrines, major leaders and goals.
Roy further suggests that the United States and Israel are actually the religiously motivated states, and that various fundamentalist movements in Judaism and Christianity dominate the parties that support each country's military-industrial complex.
Not a great article, but I think I've removed "Controversial opinions about Islam which others may not agree with" and "Inflamatory rhetoric" ("justifying its oppressions in the name of Islam!" is a quote, and a relevant one.) I don't think the "off-topic" points are off topic.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Islam_as_a_political_movement   (2293 words)

 .:: IslamicFundamentalism.com :: 4 sale ::.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Islam traditionally has also taught that in addition that the correct interpretation of the Quran must rely solely on the Quran and Hadith (the oral accounts of Muhammad's teachings and practices), and nothing else.
But this complex local political history is completely lost in the simplistic reductionism of terms like 'Muslim fundamentalism', which simultaneously explains everything and nothing by blaming Islam for being the religion of the majority.
Given the existence of undemocratic and corrupt regimes all over the Muslim world, it is not surprising that for much of the 20th century the dominant form of political dissent in these countries was usually revolutionary Marxism rather than Islam as a political movement.
islamicfundamentalism.com   (770 words)

 iranian.com: Maryam Namazie, Political Islam in the heart of secular Europe
Steadily, political Islam, using rights language, and cries of racism and Islamophobia - and now incitement to religious hatred in order to silence any opposition and criticism - is gaining ground and hacking away at secularism in Europe even though criticism or even 'phobias' of ideologies, religions, cultures or political movements are not racism.
Islam and political religion are constantly repackaged in a thousand ways to make this cultural relativism and appeasement more palatable for the western audience.
The machinery of Islam and the other main religions (Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, etc.) are not voluntary societies of believers of specific ideas; they are enormous political and financial institutions, which have never been properly scrutinised, have not been subject to secular laws in society and have never accepted responsibility for their conduct.
www.iranian.com /Namazie/2005/July/Europe   (1401 words)

 Political Islam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Modern Political Islam was invented by the orientalists serving British colonialism in India and was adopted intact by Mawdudi of Pakistan.
Contemporary Political Islam is not the outcome of a reaction to the so-called abuses of secularism, as often purported, unfortunately.
Popular political confusion in the Islamic world is in no small part due to the extreme timidity of the critique that the left had addressed in the previous period to the ruling forces of national populism.
www.loompanics.com /Articles/PoliticalIslam.html   (3197 words)

 Cover story: Islam -- Islamic Fundamentalism Feared, Misunderstood
Context, say scholars, is everything, and the political and economic climate that pertains in many Muslim countries, particularly in the Middle East, fuels Islamist movements that go beyond respect and reverence for the Islamic religion to adopt Islam as a political strategy or that refer to Islamic principles in calling for social and political reforms.
Islam appeals because it is an alternative to the secular nation-state, to a Western, non-indigenous, non-Islamic form of social organization and political process, said R. Scott Appleby, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame and co-editor of The Fundamentalism Project, a massive five-volume study of global fundamentalism.
These movements are often rooted in legitimate grievances voiced by underrepresented and oppressed segments of the population, particularly the poor And the U.S. is increasingly identified with the political, social and economic forces that are responsible for their misery,” Zunes wrote.
ncronline.org /NCR_Online/archives2/2004d/100804/100804a.php   (1942 words)

 The Antiwar Movement Legitimises Political Islam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
However, this movement condemns American imperialism and its war with the Taliban, but forgets that the Taliban and political Islam in general, are the products of American 'imperialism', and the West.
Azar Majedi: First, let’s make it clear that political Islam refers to a political movement, and not a religious one as such, whereas fundamentalism, at least in the original sense of the word, refers to the basis of a religion, its foundations and dogmas.
Thus, the issue is not dogmas, and how dogmatic they are, but it is a political movement, which bases its identity, ideology and views on Islam, and which is fighting for political power.
www.wpibriefing.com /37Antiwar.htm   (1302 words)

 Shiites. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Shiite Islam originated as a political movement supporting Ali (cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam) as the rightful leader of the Islamic state.
In Iran, the Safavid adoption of a Shiite state religion led to the expansion of clerical involvement in public life, under the tutelage of the political elite.
Islam, it suggests, should be lived as a tool for the empowerment of the oppressed, not merely as a set of devotional practices; hence the Iranian support for the Palestinian, Afghan, and Lebanese causes.
www.bartleby.com /65/sh/Shiites.html   (626 words)

 Indonesia Islamic Political Culture - Flags, Maps, Economy, History, Climate, Natural Resources, Current Issues, ...
Orthodox Islam is, in fact, a minority religion, and the term often used to describe the orthodox believer is santri (see Glossary).
A rough measurement of the appeal of orthodox Islam is the size of the electorate supporting explicitly Muslim political parties, which in the general elections of 1977 and 1982 approached 30 percent.
Modernist, or reformist, Islam in Indonesia was best exemplified by the Muhammadiyah (followers of Muhammad), founded in 1912 when the spirit of the Muslim reform movement begun in Egypt in the early 1900s reached Southeast Asia.
www.photius.com /countries/indonesia/government/indonesia_government_islamic_political_cu~34.html   (651 words)

 Liberty And Justice For All » Blog Archive » Form of government
Experience with those movements in power, and the strong ties they may have to particular forms of governmental control, can cause them to be considered as forms of government in themselves.
Islam as a political movement is also often included on a list of movements that have deep implications for the form of government.
Islam as a political movement is therefore better seen as a loose grouping of related political practices rather than a single, coherent political movement.
libertyandjusticeforall.ws /2005/07/07/form-of-government   (487 words)

 Political Islam - SourceWatch
Among other things, the view that Islam is inherently alien, hostile and can only be dealt with militarily has been quite useful to the military-industrial complex trying to pitch new threats and new weapons to the Republican Party and Democratic Party, who have historically always bought into the story, and bought the weapon system.
The most notable feature of political Islam is the application of one of the five schools of classical fiqh of the sharia - popularly called Islamic law.
The quite dangerous result of these repeated failures to comprehend, or fairly or fully describe political Islam, or tenuous first steps to democracy in the Islamic and especially Arab world, contributes to the general impression among Muslims that the so-called War on Terrorism is in fact a War on Islam.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Islamism   (987 words)

 Turkey - Islam
The central beliefs of Islam are monotheism and Muhammad's status as the "seal of the Prophets," that is, the final prophet to whom God revealed messages for the spiritual guidance of humanity.
The four other pillars of Islam are prayer (namaz ; salat in Arabic), giving alms to the needy (zekat ; zakah in Arabic), fasting (oruç ; sawm in Arabic) during the month of Ramazan (from the Arabic, Ramadan), and the pilgrimage (hac, from the Arabic hajj) to Mecca.
The fifth pillar of Islam is the hac.
countrystudies.us /turkey/36.htm   (3196 words)

 Islamist - dKosopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Islamist is a term often used to refer to Muslims who are fundamentalist in their theology and willing to consider political organizing and/or violent action to bring about a world consistent with that theology.
Islamists often differ drastically on their attitude to democracy, political party organizing, and the state itself.
That is, they believe in Islam as a political movement.
www.dkosopedia.com /index.php?title=Islamist&printable=yes   (533 words)

 Question, is Political Islam a nuisance or a threat? - Civilization Gaming Network Forums
islam is not the problem the problem lies when terrorist's use it by misinterepting it to mean what they want it to mean.
I find Christianity and Islam to be very similar and very dangerous religions, and wish they would both disappear off the face of the planet...
The former were the Muslim territories, governed by Islam as a political movement, while the latter were the non-Muslim territories of the world.
www.civgaming.net /forums/showthread.php?t=5496   (1481 words)

 Reductio Ad Absurdum v3 - Understanding the Threat
Considering Islam a religion is a foolish mistake that could cost millions of lives.
Islam is a political movement set to conquer the world.
I shall argue that Islam is both a religion and a political ideology.
www.reductioadabsurdum.net /?itemid=4087   (259 words)

 Talk:Political Islam - SourceWatch
They cite Olivier Roy, Noah Feldman and Graham Fuller with regards to definitions of political Islam, who see it quite differently.
political Islam referring to the current movement, Islam as a political movement for the history.
Militant Islam as one thread within this, to parallel say democratic Islam, and avoiding "radical" which some read as violent, but which doesn't mean that, by the dictionary definition.
www.sourcewatch.org /wiki.phtml?title=Talk:Political_Islam   (808 words)

Historically, political Islam has proven to be a major force that imposed serious setbacks on women’s lives.
Political Islam is a political movement that came into force against secular and progressive movements for liberation, and against cultural and intellectual advances.
In the 1980’s political Islam was supported and nurtured by western governments to be used in the conflicts and tensions of the cold war.
www.nosharia.com /homajul19.htm   (443 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
"Islam as a religion is not the problem, and we will not try to eliminate Islam as a religion.
But Islam as a political movement, and a form of government, and a legal system cannot be tolerated, because it won't tolerate us." - Steven Den Beste
It's entirely possible that strains of Islam exist which are tolerant, peaceful and valuable, but Islamism as a political movement is ultimately cruel and barbarous.
wso.williams.edu /~ljacobso/quotes/Religion.shtml   (1539 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Needless to say we are proud of Islam and we must hold this sublime religion above all delinquent thought.
Islam has neither forced men to sport long beards nor unfold fear and panic among the people.
Islam has never been a religion of swords and beheading of the innocent.
www.arabtimesonline.com /ARABTIMES/diwaniya/view.asp?msgID=456   (1241 words)

 Scoop: Political Islam in the heart of secular Europe
Political Islam in the heart of secular Europe
It is we who are deemed extremists by the Mayor of London when we oppose the visit of Qaradawi, the so-called Islamic scholar whose support for women’s ‘modesty’ and violence against women and his condemnation of sexual acts as ‘perversions’ are no different from the Islamic laws in Iran.
Smokers have all their rights and can establish any association and institution to advertise the benefits of tobacco and unite all smokers, but this does not mean giving a green light to the tobacco industry.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/WO0507/S00192.htm   (1490 words)

 A search for Islam a la française | csmonitor.com
The internal power struggles are undermining both the government's desire to create an Islam à la française, and the hope of bringing millions of North African immigrants into France's cultural and political mainstream.
He says that Islam has had trouble being accepted because it is linked to painful memories of the eight-year war between France and its former colony Algeria, and also because of France's secularist tradition.
In many nations where Islam is dominant, the lines between state and religion are blurred.
www.csmonitor.com /2002/0715/p06s02-woeu.htm   (954 words)

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