Saturday, August 07, 2004

Watch out for Islamist

An "Islamist" is someone who follows Islam, not an Islamic fundamentalist. You'll see this used wrong a lot.

And I think an argument can be made that "Islamist" will be misunderstood by a good portion of the readership. I'd use care before letting it stay in a story.


At 7:02 PM, August 07, 2004, Blogger Kimberly said...

9/11 Commissioner John Lehman used the term Islamist quite a bit during his speeches around the state.

At 12:08 PM, August 08, 2004, Blogger Bill said...

The Webster's New World definition of "Islamist" is somewhere in between:

"an advocate or supporter of Islamic, esp. orthodox Islamic, political rule"

To simply denote someone who follows Islam, use "Muslim."

At 10:42 PM, August 12, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a related note, I've been seeing the word "Arabist" stretched beyond recognition recently.


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