Islam and the World
Islamic terrorism can be defined as acts of terrorism that are perpetrated with Islamist goals in mind or by Muslim groups. A majority of the radical Islamic terrorists share a common feature of displacement. This implies a lack of nationalistic or patriotic sense. While religious conflict has always been cited as the main cause of jihads, other reasons include retribution and resistance of the Western foreign policy. Muslim leaders have explicitly rejected the fact that terrorism has no place in Islam. Violence has been a central instrument for spreading Islam for over a century. The greater part of the Islamic world was acquired through forceful means. The relationship between Islam and terrorism also originates from the corrupted political understanding that the whole world should be a global Islamic state (Esposito, John, and Mogahed 18). The combination of religion and politics within the Muslim world has infused elements of Allah’s teachings in the priorities of Muslim leaders. Subscribers of the Islam faith argue that sharia law surpasses other forms of secular law. Consequently, it guides the domestic and international foreign relations with other states. In the process of pursuing the realization of the global Islamic state, most of the perpetrators resort to violent means to achieve their goals. This gave birth to modern terrorism. From the Islamic perspective, their efforts are designed to promote justice and liberty by instituting sharia law. However, the worldview is different. The free world perceives these acts as terrorism. The conflict between the Western world and Muslim factions has typically centered on the elimination of “enemy forces” to pave the way for a widespread implementation of sharia law. One of the proposed ways of dealing with Islamic terrorism is to address the political and social grievances of the society. Problems such as unemployment, economic inequality, seclusion, and marginalization manifest themselves in the form of terrorism.
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Esposito, John L, and Dalia Mogahed. Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. 2007. Print.
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