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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Islamistnoun

    a scholar who knowledgeable in Islamic studies

  2. Islamistnoun

    an orthodox Muslim


  1. Islamistnoun

    A person who espouses Islamic fundamentalist beliefs.

  2. Islamistnoun

    (somewhat rare) A person who specializes in Islamic studies.

  3. Islamistnoun

    A Muslim, particularly an orthodox Muslim.

  4. Islamistadjective

    Motivated by Islamic beliefs, particularly in the political sphere (e.g. a supporter of the introduction of sharia law).

  5. Islamistadjective

    Relating to Islam, particularly orthodox Islam.

  6. Etymology: From. First attested in the mid-1980s in English.


  1. Islamist

    Islamism (also often called political Islam or Islamic fundamentalism) is a religio-political ideology. While there is no consensus definition of Islamism, which has many varieties and alternative names, and whose use is objected to by some as derogatory, and by others as so broad and flexible as to have lost its meaning; at least in its original form, Islamism described an ideology seeking to revive Islam to its past assertiveness and glory, purifying it of foreign elements, reasserting its role into “social and political as well as personal life"; and in particular “reordering government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam" (aka Sharia). According to Robin Wright, Islamist movements have "arguably altered the Middle East more than any trend since the modern states gained independence", redefining "politics and even borders".Central and prominent figures in 20th-century Islamism include Sayyid Rashid Rida, Hassan al-Banna (founder of the Muslim Brotherhood), Sayyid Qutb, Abul A'la Maududi, Ruhollah Khomeini (founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran), Hassan Al-Turabi.Al-Banna and Maududi called for a "reformist" strategy to re-Islamizing society through grassroots social and political activism. Other Islamists (Al-Turabi) have advocated a "revolutionary" strategy of Islamizing society through exercise of state power, or for combining grassroots Islamization with violent revolution (Sayyid Qutb). The term has been applied to non-state reform movements, political parties, militias and revolutionary groups. Islamists emphasize the implementation of sharia, pan-Islamic political unity, the creation of Islamic states, (eventually state), and rejection of non-Muslim influences -- particularly Western or universal economic, military, political, social, or cultural. At least one author (Graham E. Fuller) has argued for a broader notion of Islamism as a form of identity politics, involving "support for [Muslim] identity, authenticity, broader regionalism, revivalism, [and] revitalization of the community." Others hold the term "Islamic activism" to be synonymous and preferable to "Islamism", Islamists themselves preferring the term "Islamic movement". In public and academic contexts, the term "Islamism" has been criticized as having been given connotations of violence, extremism, and violations of human rights, by the Western mass media, leading to Islamophobia and stereotyping.Following the Arab Spring, many post-Islamist currents became heavily involved in democratic politics, while others spawned "the most aggressive and ambitious Islamist militia" to date, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).


  1. islamist

    An Islamist is an individual or group that advocates or supports Islam as a guiding principle for political life and governance, typically supporting Islamic law (Sharia) and rejecting secular or Western influences in Muslim societies. Some Islamists resort to armed struggle or militant activities to achieve their goals, while others pursue peaceful, political means. In a more general term, it refers to political ideologies derived from or influenced by Islam.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Islamist in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Islamist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Islamist in a Sentence

  1. Robert Pittenger:

    These revelations are shocking and infuriating, while American soldiers were bravely fighting ISIS terrorists, with some paying the ultimate price, the Obama administration reportedly was protecting Hezbollah terrorists who were funding themselves by trafficking illegal drugs. No wonder President Obama couldn’t bring himself to call them ‘Radical Islamist Terrorists.’.

  2. Ryan Mauro:

    One of the purposes of these photos is to show that they didn't just seize territory ; they transformed it into an attractive caliphate that is a viable alternative to other civilizations, iSIS and other Islamist groups are at odds over the legitimacy of al-Baghdadi's caliphate, but they are in agreement that this is a ‘ civilizational jihad ’ against other systems influenced by the West.

  3. Peter Beuth:

    We suspect that there was a Salafist background, police investigations at this stage indicate that we have thwarted an Islamist attack.

  4. The German report:

    The followers of Islamist-terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah striving for the abolition of the Jewish State of Israel are focused on their regions of origin, which is where they commit most of their terrorist acts of violence.

  5. Ali Akbar Velayati:

    Syria is the golden ring of resistance front, if Assad and the Syrian people fail in their fight against Takfiri (hardline Sunni Islamist) groups..., their next target will be (Shi'ite-led) Iraq, followed by Iran.

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