Taking the 'Islam' Out of 'Islamic Fundamentalism': Some Thoughts for Senior Leaders
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The intricacies of the Middle East challenge senior leaders and policy makers. Religious issues can complicate Americas already tenuous relationships with certain Arab nations. With the best intentions, leaders can inadvertently offend the religious sensitivities of those whose cooperation they seek. The expression Islamic Fundamentalism often misrepresents the movements it seeks to describe. More seriously, it confuses the religion of Islam with radicals and fanatics who do not represent the majority of Muslims. This paper urges senior leaders to abandon the term Islamic Fundamentalism, and it offers recommendations for dealing with the delicate matter of religion in the Arab world. Senior leaders are encouraged to make a sharp distinction between the religious fanatics and the Islamic faith.
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