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Understanding Islamic FundamentalismThe Theological and Ideological Basis of al-Qa'ida's Political Tactics$
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Sayed Khatab

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164996

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164996.001.0001

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Islamic Fundamentalism

Islamic Fundamentalism

(p.9) 1 Islamic Fundamentalism
Understanding Islamic Fundamentalism

Sayed Khatab

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the concept of Islamic fundamentalism in relation to both Islamic and western connotations of the term. It posits the idea that fundamentalism, seen through an Islamic lens, is not such a bad thing. Islam advises its followers to adhere to the fundamentals of their faith. Fundamentalism in Islam is also limited to a framework of rules and regulations. A movement away from this framework gives rise to a belief system that is something other than fundamentalist. The chapter outlines the different interpretations of fundamentalism, and proceeds to focus on the nature of the challenge posed by Islamic fundamentalism and its contours and implications for human security.

Keywords:   Islamic fundamentalism, Islam, faith, rules

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