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Islamism and Islam Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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About the Author
Bassam Tibi is Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Göttingen and former A. D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University. In 2010, he was the Resnick Scholar for the Study of Antisemitism at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the author of three dozen previous books, including most recently Islam's Predicament with Modernity. He lives in Göttingen, Germany.
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The first lie in Bassam Tibi's book, Islamism and Islam is in the fourth sentence of his Preface. It is the lie which has made Tibi's career, at Cornell, Yale, Harvard, and now Stanford. He states, "Islamism emanates from a political interpretation of Islam: it is based not on the religious faith of Islam but on an ideological use of religion within the political realm." Professor Tibi compounds this lie with, "Islamism and Islam are different, not to be confused with each other..."
The fact is that a practicing Muslim is an Islamist. The peaceful, pluralistic, tolerant Islam which Professor Tibi describes is the Islam of non-practicing Muslims. All practicing Muslims are required by Islam to wage jihad (holy war). All practicing Muslims are required to forcefully convert or kill nonbelievers, infidels. All practicing Muslims are required to humiliate dhimmi, (infidels who are tolerated in their presence), by extracting jizya, (a tax which permits them to live - temporarily). All practicing Muslims divide the world into two spheres, dar al Islam (the world of Islam), and dar al haarb (the world of war). Only when Muslims have eliminated resistance to Islam throughout the world will there be no more dar al haarb. This is straight out of the Qu'ran, the holy book which all practicing Muslims must memorize.
One core feature of Islam that you will never hear from Professor Tibi or any other Muslim is taqiyya, the obligation to deceive infidels. Another you will not find in his work is da'wa, stealthy jihad. Taqiyya is the obligation of every Muslim to soft pedal the ultimate ends of Islam, world domination. Da'wa is a kind of dispensation accorded to jihadis who find themselves in a situation where violence is impractical.Read more ›