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Daniel Pipes and Islamic ‘Essentialism’

Islam expert Andrew Bostom charges that Daniel Pipes' claims about the differences between Islam and Islamism contradict Pipes' past writings on the political nature of Islam.
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One must ask, why is Daniel Pipes now making charges of “essentialism” at Muslim freethinkers like Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Wafa Sultan, as well as the stalwart Dutch politician Geert Wilders, for rejecting his notion of “Islamism.”

About the Author: Andrew G. Bostom, M.D., is the author of the highly acclaimed The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History, and, Sharia Versus Freedom—The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism. Dr. Bostom has published numerous articles and commentaries on Islam in the New York Post, Washington Times, The New York Daily News, National Review Online, The American Thinker, Pajamas Media, FrontPage Magazine.com, and other print and online publications. More on Andrew Bostom’s work can be found at his blog: www.andrewbostom.org.


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10 Responses to “Daniel Pipes and Islamic ‘Essentialism’”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Rising anti-Semitism in Europe is fueled by three main sources: the extreme right, largely boosted by concerns about the economic crisis and growing migration; the extreme left, which refuses to accept Israel’s right to exist; and those Muslims who espouse hatred for Jews and Israel. Apropos, a recent study in Belgium found that nearly half of Muslim teenage students held anti-Semitic views. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  2. Anonymous says:

    Rising anti-Semitism in Europe is fueled by three main sources: the extreme right, largely boosted by concerns about the economic crisis and growing migration; the extreme left, which refuses to accept Israel’s right to exist; and those Muslims who espouse hatred for Jews and Israel. Apropos, a recent study in Belgium found that nearly half of Muslim teenage students held anti-Semitic views. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  3. Anonymous says:

    anti-SEMITISM IS ALIVE AND WELL. The message below was a comment on my complain t against the holocaust claims conference. We need the J.D.L. Rabbi Meir Kahana was correct. Regarding the fellow who called me ****, bring it on you gutless mamzer. I will not go to the gas chambers without a bloody FIGHT. THIS HAS BEEN REPRTED TO THE POLICE AND F.B.I. AS A BIAS THREAT. Do you have the guts to debate me on t.v. or go some rounds in the gym. THIS IS ONE Jew who will knock you out in three rounds. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  4. I feel that Islamism is a rather loose term, as applied nowadays. It covers the "political Islamists", such as the Muslim Brotherhood, and the "terrorist Islamists" (al Qaeda). This clunking terminology gets in the way of the problem – literalist, back to basics, Islam, i.e. Salafism. A terrorist in the West is more likely to be Salafist (Mohammed Merah, the 7/7 bombers, the Woolwich killers) than "Islamist". The Salafists reject all Western politics, unlike Islamists who hitch a lift on western democratic systems until they feel they are in control of it. In Tunisia, an Islamist government has problems from the less compromising Salafi activists. I think that the term "Islamist" has always been vague, and is becoming as meaningless a term as as "Islamophobe". Perhaps those who try to gain power "politically" should be termed Islamists, and those who try to use terror and threat to subdue societies should be called Islamic terrorists, as they claim (with more cause) to be acting purely upon the principles laid down in the Koran and Hadiths than the "political Islamists" who often compromise on their way to achieve 'supremacy'.

  5. Abu Faris says:

    In Egypt, however, MB (who are Islamists) have repeatedly used Salafists. A common tactic is to encourage the men in vast beards and nighties to demand extreme measures be passed that MB would themselves rather like to see on the books but are too savvy to introduce themselves. Morsi and MB then cave into the entirely contrived and manufactured Salafi pressure – and both MB and Salafi are quietly content.

  6. Jon Barmak says:

    Golden Dawn a la Morgan. Dirty old fartknocker. And not an artist I see

  7. You are so full of class. I suggest a therapist to do with your comprehension problems and your obsessive compulsive issues, and Heck, I don't need care about the opinions of armchair art critics.

  8. You are so full of class. I suggest a therapist to do with your comprehension problems and your obsessive compulsive issues, and Heck, I don't need care about the opinions of armchair art critics.

  9. Jon Barmak says:

    your very flat, faux-naif (?) depictions of flora and fauna are very unimaginative in their tediuos use of colour Adrian, but I won't knock your sunday hobby (unless you've packed it in now – one can hope). You were raised in the incest capital of Europe I see. Interesting. Anyway you hateful ****, you and your kind are an irritation in life to be dealt with but thankfully it is you who are the armchair critics. Your fawning over the beast Burchill is amusing however, and it is a shame she defriended me. Dissenting voices must be silenced!

  10. Jon Barmak says:

    go on – correct my grammar why don't you

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