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Islamic extremism
Islamic extremism
has been defined by the British government as any form of Islam
that opposes "democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs."[1] Related terms include "Islamist extremism" and Islamism.[2] On the other hand, many oppose the use of the term, fearing it could "de-legitimize" the Islamic faith in general.[3] Some have criticized political rhetoric that associates non-violent Islamism
(political Islam) with terrorism under the rubric of "extremism".[2]


1 Definition 2 UK High Court rulings

2.1 May 2016 appeal case 2.2 October 2016 Shakeel Begg case

3 Connection to Kharijites 4 Active Islamic extremist groups

4.1 Groups

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Definition[edit] The UK High Courts have ruled in two cases on Islamic extremism, and provided definition. Aside from those, two major definitions have been offered for Islamic extremism, sometimes using overlapping but also distinct aspects of extreme interpretations and pursuits of Islamic ideology:

The use of violent tactics such as bombing and assassinations for achieving perceived Islamic goals (see Jihadism
[ Zeyno Baran, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute, prefers the term Islamist extremism])[4] An extremely conservative view of Islam,[5] which does not necessarily entail violence[6] (see also Islamic fundamentalism
Islamic fundamentalism
[Baran again prefers the term Islamism]).[4]

UK High Court rulings[edit] There are two UK High Court cases that explicitly address the issue of Islamic extremism.[7]

May 2016: An Appeal from the Crown Court and Central Criminal Court: several individuals' cases considered together.[8] October 2016: In which the Judge concluded that Imam Shakeel Begg is an Islamic Extremist, and does not uphold Begg's claim that the BBC had libelled him by saying so.[9]

May 2016 appeal case[edit] The judge refers to several grounds: section 20 of the 2006 Act; the definition of “terrorism” in section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and the decision of the Supreme Court in R v Gul.[8] October 2016 Shakeel Begg case[edit] Begg, a prominent Muslim public figure and Imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre since 1998 lost his 2016 court case of Libel
against the BBC. This case is noteworthy because the judge lists a 10-point definition of Islamic extremism
Islamic extremism
that he used to determine the case: In Charles Haddon-Cave's findings he wrote:[10]

Extremist Islamic positions 118. In my view, the following constitute "extremist" Islamic positions (or indicia thereof).

First, a 'Manichean' view of the world. A total, eternal 'Manichean' worldview is a central tenet of violent Islamic extremism. It divides the world strictly into 'Us' versus 'Them': those who are blessed or saved (i.e. the "right kind" of Muslim) on the one hand and those who are to be damned for eternity (i.e. the "wrong kind" of Muslim and everyone else) on the other. For violent Islamic extremists, the "wrong kind" of Muslim includes moderate Sunni
Muslims, all Shia Muslims, and many others who are "mete for the sword" and can be killed, and anyone who associates or collaborates" with them... Second, the reduction of jihad (striving in God's cause) to qital (armed combat) ('the Lesser Jihad')... Third, the ignoring or flouting of the conditions for the declaration of armed jihad (qital), i.e. the established Islamic doctrinal conditions for the declaration of armed combat (qital) set out above... Fourth, the ignoring or flouting of the strict regulations governing the conduct of armed jihad, i.e. the stipulations in the Qur'an and the Sunna for the ethics of conducting qital set out above. Thus, the use of excessive violence, attacks on civilians, indiscriminate 'suicide' violence and the torture or the murder of prisoners would constitute violation of these regulations of jihad... Fifth, advocating armed fighting in defence of Islam
(qital) as a universal individual religious obligation (fard al 'ayn)... Sixth, any interpretation of Shari'a (i.e. religious law laid down by the Qur'an and the Sunna) that required breaking the 'law of the land'... Seventh, the classification of all non-Muslims as unbelievers (kuffar)... Eighth, the extreme Salafist Islamism
doctrine that the precepts of the Muslim faith negate and supersede all other natural ties, such as those of family, kinship and nation... Ninth, the citing with approval the fatwa (legal opinions) of Islamic scholars who espouse extremist view... Tenth, any teaching which, expressly or implicitly, encourages Muslims to engage in, or support, terrorism or violence in the name of Allah.[9][11]

Connection to Kharijites[edit] Main article: Khawarij According to some contemporary Muslim commentators, extremism within Islam
goes back to the 7th century to the Kharijites. From their essentially political position, they developed extreme doctrines that set them apart from both mainstream Sunni
and Shiʿa Muslims. The Kharijites
were particularly noted for adopting a radical approach to Takfir, whereby they declared other Muslims to be unbelievers and therefore deemed them worthy of death.[12][13][14] Active Islamic extremist groups[edit] Some of the proponents of Islam
emphasise peaceful political processes, whereas Sayyid Qutb
Sayyid Qutb
in particular called for violence, and those followers are generally considered Islamic extremists and their stated goal is Islamic revolution
Islamic revolution
with the intent to force implementation of Sharia
law and/or an Islamic State Caliphate. There are over 120 such groups active today.[citation needed] Below is a list of major groups active. Groups[edit] This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.

Group Name Banner Home Base Leaders Strength Casualties Ideology


Afghanistan/ Pakistan
Region Abdallah Azzam
Abdallah Azzam
(founder) Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden
(1989–2011) Ayman al-Zawahiri
Ayman al-Zawahiri
(present) 300–3,000[15][16] 4,400 casualties [17] To restore Islam
and establish "true Islamic states", implement Sharia law, and rid the Muslim world of any non-Muslim influences and other teachings of Islamic author Sayyid Qutb.[18] The title translates to "Organization of the Base of Jihad".

al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

Mountains, Algeria Abdelmalek Droukdel 800–1,000+[19] 200+ AQIM is an Islamist militant organization which aims to overthrow the Algerian government and institute an Islamic state.

Al-Mourabitoun- AKA:al-Qaeda West Africa

Mali, Niger, Libya Mokhtar Belmokhtar Under 100 (French claim) Killed 27 in the 2015 Bamako hotel attack. Affiliated branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb listed above.

Ansar al- Sharia
in Yemen
/ AKA: Al-Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula

Yemen Nasir al-Wuhayshi
Nasir al-Wuhayshi
 † (2011–15) Qasim al-Raymi
Qasim al-Raymi
(2015–Present)[20] 2000+ Over 250 killed in the 2012 Sana'a bombing and 2013 Sana'a attack. AQAP is considered the most active[21] of al-Qaeda's branches, or "franchises," that emerged due to weakening central leadership.[22] The U.S government believes AQAP to be the most dangerous al-Qaeda branch due to its emphasis on attacking the far enemy and its reputation for plotting attacks on overseas targets.[23]

al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh Asim Umar 300[24][25] Claims 6 killed in assassinations. Naval frigate hijacking attempted in 2014. AQIS is an Islamist militant organization which aims to fight the Governments of Pakistan, India, Myanmar
and Bangladesh
in order to establish an Islamic state.

Boko Haram
Boko Haram
– West Africa Province of the Islamic State Caliphate

Northeastern Nigeria, Chad, Niger
and northern Cameroon. Mohammed Yusuf † (founder) Abubakar Shekau
Abubakar Shekau
(current leader) Estimates range between 500 and 9,000.[26][27][28] Since 2009, it has killed 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million. Title means "Western Education is Sin", founded as a Sunni
Islamic fundamentalist sect and influenced by the Wahhabi movement, advocating a strict form of Sharia

- (acronym for Islamic Resistance Movement) AKA: Muslim Brotherhood
Muslim Brotherhood
of Palestine[citation needed]

Gaza Strip Khaled Meshaal 16,000+ [29] Since 1988 numerous rocket attacks and suicide bombers targeting Israel Founded as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Its 1988 founding charter, steeped in Islamic rhetoric, calls for jihad to take all of historical Palestine, resulting in the destruction of Israel.

– AKA: The Party of Allah

Lebanon Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah 1,000+ [30] Since 1982 numerous rocket attacks and suicide bombers targeting Israel Shi'a Islamist militant group with Jihadic paramilitary wing. Hezbollah
was largely formed with the aid of the Ayatolla Khomeini's followers in the early 1980s in order to spread Islamic revolution.[31][32]

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(Commonly known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh)

Syria Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 15,000–20,000 inside Iraq
and Syria[33][34] 30,000+ killed including Shia Muslims, Christians, Yazidis, other minorities in the Middle East and many others around the world by ISIL or groups associated or insprired by ISIL. Includes Boko Haram[35] Salafi jihadist militant group that follows a fundamentalist, Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni
Islam.[36] Originated as the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). Gained large swathes of territory in Iraq
in 2014 and is currently at war with Iraq, Syria
and a coalition of 60 other countries including the United States, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and France.

Jemaah Islamiyah
Jemaah Islamiyah

Southeast Asia:

Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Singapore Thailand

Abu Bakar Bashir 5,000 [37] Over 250 killed in bombings throughout Indonesia since 2002. With a name meaning "Islamic Congregation", (frequently abbreviated JI),[38] is a Southeast Asian militant Islamist terrorist group dedicated to the establishment of a Daulah Islamiyah (regional Islamic caliphate) in Southeast Asia.[39]

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan AKA: Pakistani Taliban

Northwest Pakistan Maulana Fazlullah 25,000[40] hundreds TTP is an umbrella organization of various Islamist militant groups protecting foreign terrorists hiding in the mountains of Pakistan. (Not to be confused with Afghani Taliban.)

See also[edit]

Book: Islamic terrorism Book: Criticism of Islam Book: List of Islamist terrorist attacks

Islamic extremism
Islamic extremism
in the 20th-century Egypt Attacks by Islamic extremists in Bangladesh Category:Jihadist groups List of Islamist terrorist attacks List of thwarted Islamist terrorist attacks List of battles and other violent events by death toll Islamic extremism
Islamic extremism
in Northern Nigeria Islamic extremism
Islamic extremism
in the United States Islamic fundamentalism Islamic extremism
Islamic extremism
in Mali Islamic State of Iraq
Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant Religious fanaticism#Islam Violent extremism


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