Islamic fundamentalism  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

Le Nouvel Observateur: You do not regret having fostered Islamist fundamentalism, having armed and advised future terrorists?

Zbigniew Brzezinski: What is more important for world history? The Taliban or the fall of the Soviet empire? A few hot-headed Islamists or the liberations of Eastern Europe and the end of the Cold War?

Le Nouvel Observateur: A few hotheads? But let us say it once more: Islamic fundamentalism today represents a global threat.

Zbigniew Brzezinski: Nonsense. They say that the West ought to have a global policy for dealing with Islamism. That’s stupid: there is no global Islamism.

--Le Nouvel Observateur interview, January 15, 1998

Related e



Islamic fundamentalism (Arabic: usul, the "fundamentals") is based on Islamic ideology and is a group of religious ideologies seen as advocating a return to the fundamentals of Islam: the Quran and the Sunnah. It originated in the Middle East, and was spread with the help of several western powers to further political agendas. Definitions of Islamic fundamentalism vary. It is deemed problematic by those who suggest that Islamic belief requires all Muslims to be fundamentalists, and by others as a term used by outsiders to describe perceived trends within Islam. Exemplary figures of Islamic fundamentalism who are also termed Islamists are Sayyid Qutb, Ruhollah Khomeini, Abul Ala Mawdudi, and Israr Ahmad. The 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran is seen by some scholars as a political success of Islamic fundamentalism.

See also

Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Islamic fundamentalism" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools