Islamism is Homogenous

Apologists of Islamism seek to emphasize the differences between different Islamists and claim that some Islamists are so-called “moderates” (among Sunnis) or “reformists” (among Shias). Usually is it claimed that you can deal with some Islamist groups and regimes and cooperate and dialogue with them. The track record of this however is terrible. The “reformists” in Iran enacted zero reforms when they were in power, the reality is rather that the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism hosts the Salafist al-Qaeda. Why is this so? Islamists movements are extremely similar in political ideology and although there are sometimes conflicts (e.g. between ISIL and Iran and between ISIL and the Taliban), relations between Islamist movements are usually harmoneous simply because the ideological differences are minimal. However, many Islamists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood are politically pragmatic and do not hesitate to lie in order to attain incremental political progress towards their ultimate political goals. While Islamists differ as to who should rule the ideal Islamist state they do not substantially disagree on the political vision of the ideal society itself.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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