Islam vs. Islamism

Samuel Helfont

Fellow - Program on the Middle East
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University -

This lecture discussed problematic nature of the terms Islam and Islamism. It gave a brief history of the rise of Islamism in the 20th century as a modern political ideology; compared and contrasted Islamism with the broader Islamic tradition; and discussed the repercussions the debates over these terms have for Western policies and for Muslims living in Western societies.

This talk was given the May 2, 2015 Teachers’ Workshop on Islam in the West, co-sponsored by Princeton University’s Program in Near Eastern Studies and the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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Program on the Middle East

Program on Teaching about the Middle East

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Islam in the West

Islam, Islamism, and Democratic Values