from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Islamic revivalist movement, often characterized by moral conservatism, literalism, and the attempt to implement Islamic values in all spheres of life.
  • n. The religious faith, principles, or cause of Islam.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The faith, doctrines, or religious system of the Mohammedans; Mohammedanism; Islam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The faith of Islam; the true faith, according to the Mohammedans; Mohammedanism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fundamentalist Islamic revivalist movement generally characterized by moral conservatism and the literal interpretation of the Koran and the attempt to implement Islamic values in all aspects of life
  • n. the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran


From Islam +‎ -ism. Compare French islamisme. (Wiktionary)


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  • Islamism is a totalitarian ideology adhered to by Muslim extremists (e.g. the Taliban, Wahhabis, Hamas and Osama bin Laden).

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  • If militant Islamism is a distortion of their moderate beliefs, only their beliefs can defeat it.

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  • The best ally in the struggle against violent Islamism is moderate Islam.

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  • Islamism is an ideology in Islam that wants to use the Sharia to its full extent, meaning that secular forms of governments and institutions are considered foreign to a true Muslim society.

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  • War against Islamism is supposed to mean war against theocratic fundamentalist Muslim political parties, which would be like a war against our Religious Right.

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  • He tells me that he has read some of my writing on Islamic fundamentalism, but — and of course I'm not convinced by this — he doesn't think Islamism is weighty enough to become the third totalitarianism that will set the great machinery of history back in motion.

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  • As Dalrymple said only the other day, British Islamism is a potent cocktail of Islamnic grievance with Brit liberal guilt.

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  • But if Islamism is not on the march — if al-Qaeda lacks inherent appeal and can mobilize followers only by capitalizing on America's blunders — then competence, not ideology, is exactly what America needs.


  • Just as political Islam is often called Islamism to differentiate the fascist political doctrine from the faith, the ideology laid out in these papers could be called Christianism.

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