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I cannot be more in agreement with John M. Owen IV, Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. It is not Islam the religion that is generating discord. Rather, the problem is a deep disagreement among Muslims over the degree to which the faith ought to shape the laws and institutions of society. "The ongoing competition over what constitutes good public order has polarised them, creating vicious enmities that resist compromise. The result is a self-tightening knot of problems in which each aggravates the others."

A common strain runs through some of the most central developments that have defined the modern history of Muslims — a confrontation, both benign and violent. In their struggle to understand the confrontation, many Western scholars have missed out on several key points that delineate political Islam or Islamism and discern it from all kinds of...

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