Language and Rhetoric: Islamic Fascism…again

November 1, 2006 § 1 Comment

I noticed this story primarily because it starts by mentioning my hometown and hangout spot (Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn, NY) as the place which inspired historian Paul Berman’s realization that Sayyid Qutb is an important figure in the current developments of Islamic relations with the West. Fortunately, there are some good points brought up by historians Michael Burleigh and Khaled Abou El-Fadl whom suggest against using the term “Islamic-Fascism”.

However, the article then goes on to report Pentagon officials and their take on the term saying,

“For former Pentagon advisor Richard Perle, the term “fascist” or “fascism” is an emotive term, which is applied with precision by very few people. Perle doesn’t use the term “Islamic fascism.” But he does believe that the fight faced by Western countries today is very similar to the fights they faced in the past — the struggles between a liberal democratic vision and a totalitarian one.” (G. Raz, NPR) audio2

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