Not All Islamists Are Created Equal

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Razib Khan demonstrates "that it is very misleading for commentators to make an analogy between Turkish Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood"

[P]eople regularly speak of “secular Egyptians,” “secular Turks,” “Turkish Islamists,” and “Egyptian Islamists,” as if there’s a common currency in the modifiers. That is, a secular Egyptian is equivalent to a secular Turk, and Islamists in Egypt are equivalent to Islamists in Turkey (who have been in power via democratic means for much of the past 10 years). Let’s look at the Pew Global Attitudes report, which I’ve referenced before. In particular, three questions which are clear and specific. Should adulterers be stoned? Should robbers be whipped, or their hands amputated? Should apostates from Islam be subject to the death penalty?

On the x-axis you see the proportion who accept that adulterers should be stoned. On the y-axis you see the responses to amputation and apostasy. The red points are the proportion who agree with the death penalty for apostates, and the navy points those who believe in whipping or amputation for robbers. ... Compare Turkey to Egypt. They’re in totally different regions of the scatter plot. There is simply no comparison between these societies on these issues, despite both being Muslim and Middle Eastern.

I think the best riposte to this is the highly stimulating essay by Olivier Roy, cited on the Dish. Do yourself a favor. Read it. Islamism and modernity: a non-starter. Islam and modernity: not so much. And the next generation of Arabs and Muslims may know this better than any of us.

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