Islamism: Its history and recent critiques - J. Hammond (2008)

This article looks at the history of Islamism and provides a critique of modern-day interpretations by adherents of this minority within Islam.

The position outlined in this article is that Islamism is highly political, often fundamentalist in its use of scripture to shape strategy, is intolerant of other views - Muslim and non-Muslim - and uses violence to achieve political ends

It is important to clarify the nature of Islamism, to see its difference from and relationship to the rest of Islam and to get some understanding of the source of its energy and the power of its appeal to some Muslims and Muslim converts. This article explores the origins, content and development of Islamism and how it differs, in spite of shared sources, substantially from the beliefs and practice of the vast majority of other Muslims.

John Hammond
University of Cumbria