'Islamism or Islam? Islamist or Islamic?'
During the autumn of 1843, in the heart of Istanbul, Turkey, Sir Henry Layard, the British archeologist, writer, and diplomat, witnessed the punishment mandated by Sharia (i.e., Islamic) Law for apostasy from Islam. He described this abhorrent spectacle as follows:
An Armenian who had embraced Islamism [emphasis added] had returned to his former faith. For his apostasy he was condemned to death according to the Mohammedan [Islamic] law. His execution took place, accompanied by details of studied insult and indignity directed against Christianity and Europeans in general. The corpse was exposed in one of the most public and frequented places in Stamboul [Istanbul], and the head, which had been severed from the body, was placed upon it, covered by a European hat.
Turkey's current Prime Minister Erdogan, commenting in August 2007 on the term "moderate Islam" (frequently used in the West to describe his ruling political party, the AKP) stated, "These descriptions are very ugly. It is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that's it." Erdogan's displeasure is ironic, even somewhat humorous, given the contemporary Western apologetic obsession to recast the terms "Islamism" and "Islamist" to exclusively denote radical or immoderate Islam and its adherents. But the irony of Erdogan's ire aside, artificial distinctions between Islamism and Islam, Islamist and Islamic are logically incoherent, obfuscating irrefragable truths about living Islamic dogma and its modern manifestations.
The 1990 Cairo Declaration, or "Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Islam"-- not "Islamism" -- was drafted and ratified by all the Muslim member nations of the Organization of the Islamic-- not "Islamist" -- Conference (OIC), a 57-state collective including every Islamic nation on earth. The OIC, currently headed by Turkey's Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, thus represents the entire Muslim ummah (or global community) and is the largest single voting bloc in the United Nations.
And polling data from a rigorously conducted WorldPublicOpinion.org survey released April 2007 demonstrate that the Cairo Declaration's Islamic law principles -- antithetical to Western formulations of human rights -- are embraced by the preponderance of the world's Muslims. Fully two-thirds of a representative sample of 4,400 Muslims from Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia desired the ultimate jihad conquest imperatives: to recreate a unified supranational Islamic state, or Caliphate, ruled by "strict application of Sharia."
These quintessential goals of jihad were reiterated by the mass-murdering jihadist psychiatrist Nidal Hasan as part of an erstwhile "medical grand rounds" given on June 27, 2007. Although Hasan merely reiterates salient aspects of classical jihad theory (see slides 35, 39, 42, 43, 44, 45, and 49), this reality is understandably "shocking" to our willfully uninformed elites in the media, military, and government. Nidal Hasan's presentation concludes, in full accord with classical Islamic doctrine regarding jihad war, (slide 49), "Fighting to establish an Islamic State to please Allah, even by force is condoned by (sic) Islam."
Unapologetic observations from 1950 by G.H. Bousquet, a great 20th-century "Islamist" scholar of the Sharia, contextualize these ominous trends. Bousquet described Islam itself as "as a doubly totalitarian system," which "claimed to impose itself on the whole world and it claimed also, by the divinely appointed Muhammadan law ... to regulate down to the smallest details the whole life of the Islamic community and of every individual believer."