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A list of Citizendium articles, and planned articles, about Radical Islamism.
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  • Islam [r]: Religion founded by Muhammad whose sacred book is the Qur'an (Koran). [e]
  • Islamist [r]: A person who holds that Islam should guide social and political as well as personal life. [e]
  • Jihad [r]: Literally meaning "struggle", a Muslim concept that can refer to an inward-directed personal process to submit to God's will, or to an external combat with the enemies of Islam [e]



  • Al-wala’ wa’l-bara’ [r]: A Muslim, primarily Salafist belief that the faithful should show exclusive allegiance to Allah and Islam, and repudiation of unbelief and unbelievers, not associating with non-Muslims [e]
  • Kuffar [r]: An Arabic word that can be translated "infidels" or "non-Muslims"; it is considered somewhat derogatory. Strict Salafists, however, prefer it. [e]
  • Salafism [r]: A strict branch of Sunni Islam, dedicated to the restoration of the Caliphate, often by means of armed jihad [e]
  • Shirk [r]: An Arabic word literally meaning polytheism, but interpreted by some Salafist clerics, such as Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, to include allegiance to any government, even ostensibly Islamist, which does not follow strict Sharia law. [e]
  • Takfir [r]: A Muslim, primarily Salafist practice of excommunication or shunning of non-observant Muslims; it may extend to killing them [e]
  • Wilayat al-faqih [r]: A controversial concept in Shi'a Islam, "authority of the jurisprudent", developed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as the basis for clerical rule in Iran; by no means universally accepted by Iraqi and other Shi'a [e]
  • Near enemy [r]: A radical Islamist term of art referring to ostensibly Muslim regimes that are corrupt, do not run by strict Sharia, or both; Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia are often given as examples [e]
  • Far enemy [r]: A term of art in radical Islam, it refers to non-Muslim nations considered enemies of Islam; the United States is usually considered first, then Western countries, then non-Muslim non-Muslim countries; Israel is be included in the group, which Osama bin Laden calls the "Crusader-Zionist alliance" [e]
  • Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi [r]: A Salafist theologian with much influence on Jihad, currently in Jordan; some affiliation with al-Qaeda but not necessarily in full agreement with their approach [e]
  • Abu Basir al-Tartusi [r]: A Syrian-born Salafist theologian, living in London, highly visible on the Internet and a prominent pro-jihad theoretician [e]


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