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The Missing MartyrsWhy There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists$
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Charles Kurzman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766871.001.0001

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Liberal Islam versus Revolutionary Islamism

Liberal Islam versus Revolutionary Islamism

(p.92) Chapter 4 Liberal Islam versus Revolutionary Islamism
The Missing Martyrs

Charles Kurzman

Oxford University Press

Almost every major Muslim organization in the world has denounced terrorism and embraced democracy and other liberal ideals. Indeed, according to public opinion polls and election results, liberal Islam is far more popular than revolutionary Islamism. That is why Islamist terrorists often target liberal Islamic leaders, both on their websites and in real-world attacks. With each such attack, the mainstream of Muslim public opinion shies further from terrorism and closer to electoral democracy. The movements that seek to represent this trend are politically liberal and culturally conservative—they aim to implement sharia restrictions through democratic procedures.

Keywords:   terror, terrorist, terrorism, Islam, Islamic, Muslim, liberal, democracy, elections, sharia

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