For starters, it is important to understand that "Islamist" -- not "Islamic" -- is the accurate term to refer to the militants' ideology, which seeks the establishment of a government that implements Islamic law. ... Beyond the moderate mainstream of Islamism are two types of actors -- radical and militant. The former espouse a radical agenda, but do not use violent means. ... there are "jihadists" who they seek to establish an Islamic state by waging a jihad (armed struggle) against the current regime. ... Although not all Wahhabis are jihadists, it would be safe to say that most jihadists are Wahhabi. ... jihadists are also a sub-category within the wider Islamist militant universe.Unless you are a diplomat, I don't see why these distinctions are useful. It is not clear to me that there are clear differences between these various Mohammedan actors, or that the terminology is accepted.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
This Stratfor report distinguishes various Mohammedans: