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Islamic extremist

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Islamic extremist

Islamic extremism refers to two related and partially overlapping but also distinct aspects of extremist interpretations and pursuits of Islamic ideology:
  • an extremely conservative view of Islam,[1] which doesn't necessarily entail violence even though it may have an emphasis on Jihad;[2] see Islamic fundamentalism, and
  • the use of extreme tactics such as bombing and assassinations for achieving perceived Islamic goals;[3] see Jihadism.

Zeyno Baran, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute, argues Islamist extremism is a better term, to distinguish the political ideology from the religion.[4]


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