Islamism Is The Crucial Question

Islamist parties reap the benefits of the Arab spring, it seems the skinny in many respects fruit of the so-called Arab spring harvest currently. Islamist parties won the elections in Tunisia and Egypt, have been the strongest political force in Morocco. And expects an Islamist victory in the first free elections in Libya. Not only in this country great uncertainty, is striking what to keep is from this development. The comments range from benevolent observation and hope for the political effect of a “moderate Islam” to the more or less unreflective articulation of diffuse fears of the establishment of Islamic reign of terror under the sword of Sharia law. As so often go messed up while the terminology and thus the understanding of the phenomenon of wild. What are we but dealing with Islamism, moderate Islamism or political Islam? Islamism or political Islam? The term of Islamism is at the latest since Osama bin Laden and the attacks inextricably linked with terrorist violence of September 11, 2001.

Much for the precise analysis of needed, what will happen in the Arab world now and in the next few years not helpful is the shadow of Al-Qaida, which what arches over to any mention of Islamism, to say the least. But far more serious problems exist for the substantive political discussions with the current and future election in our neighborhood. In a documentary film about the importance of the headscarf for women in Algeria, one of the protagonists asks accordingly: “why a greater sin to be to wear a head scarf than to pray five times a day? The head scarf law is not finally in the Koran, the duty of prayer already.” The headscarf is not a religious symbol this statement throws a light on the political blindness with which the phenomenon of political Islam – you can see it already on the term “Islamism” – widely considered.