Islam is a civilization, ideology, culture, body of law, as well as a religion. An argument can be made that no other civilization is as tightly interconnected among its five domains as is Islam. Research into one domain initiates a response from the other four domains. In many cases, critical analysis into sensitive civilizational, ideological, cultural, or legal issues results in the outcries from the religious domain sending researchers and their supervisors into retreat.
An Overview of Islamic Fundamentalism: A Primer for Understanding Extremist Islam SWJED Mon, 03/18/2019 - 6:07am
The Islamist worldview is in direct opposition to contemporary Western ideas about government, society, and the role of religion in everyday life. Despite this opposition, or possibly because of it, the Islamist movement is gaining popularity around the globe. The apparent failure of Western ideologies, unequal distribution of wealth for natural resources exacerbated by globalization, and on-going conflict between Israelis and Palestinians have contributed to Muslim masses to seeking solutions from more traditionally-minded leaders who promise a return to Islamic Golden Ages via rejection of secularism in favor of Islamic fundamentalist ideologies. This, however, sets many on a path of conflict with the West.
The Washington Face of Islamic Extremism: Saudi Arabian and Iranian Use of U.S. Lobbyists and Other Proxies to Disrupt Decisive U.S. Decision-Making
Iran and Saudi Arabia are both exporters of extremism that fuels kinetic terrorist attacks. These countries are uniquely dangerous.
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The Egyptian Sinai: A New Front for Jihadist Activity Peter J. Munson Tue, 03/26/2013 - 3:30am
The Egyptian Sinai is becoming a breakaway state.