Islam : A Common Trend

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Historically it is a common trend to associate some kind of ideology to radicalization. For example, in the 50’s and 60’s nationalism was associated with the freedom fighters liberating their lands from the colonizers and in the 80’s anti-communism was popular to describe all the rebels fighting against Russia. Currently, similar pattern is also seen where ‘Islamism’ is directly associated with violent radicalization. However, the research participants unanimously rejected such a notion rather they asserted that socio-political situation creates condition of violent radicalism especially when people find no proper venues to channel their political or social grievances (whatever trifling these may be). More importantly, although Islam is a monolithic religion with a fixed set of doctrine, yet we often overlook how Islam was transformed to suite people’s aspirations worldwide and as a result vast majority of Muslims are neither Arabs (where the religion first flourished) nor middle eastern rather they are Asians and Africans. Moreover, Islam has no central religious authority like papacy from where religious, political or social statutes can be canonized as such Islam is understood and felt much through its practitioners’ conducts. Nevertheless, common to other Abrahamic faiths, there are rooms for narrower and broader interpretations of the Holy Texts in Islam. Conversely, the recent converts to Islam, second and third generation Muslim youths and even lay Muslims living in
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