The truth, however, is that most Muslims appear to be “fundamental-ist” in the Western sense of the word—in that even “moderate”approaches to Islam generally consider the Koran to be the literal andinerrant word of the one true God. The difference between funda-mentalists and moderates—and certainly the difference between all”extremists” and moderates—is the degree to which they see politicaland military action to be intrinsic to the practice of their faith. In anycase, people who believe that Islam must inform every dimension ofhuman existence, including politics and law, are now generally callednot “fundamentalists” or “extremists” but, rather, “Islamists.


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