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

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190907976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190907976.001.0001

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Liberal Islam versus Revolutionary Islamism

Liberal Islam versus Revolutionary Islamism

(p.96) Chapter 4 Liberal Islam versus Revolutionary Islamism
The Missing Martyrs

Charles Kurzman

Oxford University Press

Liberal Islamic movements represent a significant challenge for revolutionary Islamists, who loathe them for it. Rooted in 19th century Islamic reformism, liberal ideals such as democracy and peaceful coexistence are more popular among Muslims than theocracy and terrorism, according to survey data, election results, and mass mobilizations over the past generation. The mainstream position in many Muslim communities is a combination of cultural conservatism and political liberalism—apprehensive about many aspects of Western liberalism, but staunchly opposed to revolutionary violence. In many Muslim-majority countries, adherents of liberal Islam find themselves under attack both by Islamist revolutionaries and by authoritarian regimes.

Keywords:   terrorism, Islam, Muslims, extremism, liberal Islam

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