Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Dr. Magnus Norell: The Muslim Brotherhood in Sweden

To read the entire item by Dr. Magnus NorellAdjunct Scholar@The Washington Institute for Near East Policy & Senior Policy Advisor, European Foundation for Democracy, kindly click on this link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/magnus-norell/the-muslim-brotherhood-in_1_b_10880432.html

The Muslim Brotherhood in Sweden

Updated Jul 08, 2016

From the article:

It is necessary to emphasize that Islamism (or political Islam) is a complex concept. It is absolutely correct to say that Islamism arose as a sort of reaction to modernism, and as an alternative to collapsing and corrupt social and state systems in the Middle East (and in the postwar period also as a reaction against the Western capitalist system). At the same time, one must realize that Islam is different from, for example, the Lutheran form of Christianity common in Sweden. There is no actual non-political Islam to contrast with Islamism. The Christian division “unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God” cannot be applied to Islam. In Islam, religion and politics are intimately intertwined, which makes it very difficult for Muslims who are trying to reform and/or liberalize Islam. It also makes it easier for Islamists to argue from a religious perspective.

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The interesting and remarkable thing is that our politicians and authorities have allowed this to happen. For decades, Islamist organizations have received large sums of money from public funds. This has contributed to increased segregation, problems of integration and an increasing proportion of individuals who decide to resort to acts of violence. The latter development is also logical since the end-goal is the same whether you advocate a non-militant strategy (which the Brotherhood usually does in Europe) or a more militant activist strategy. Namely, a society based on religious law and an eventual Islamization of society as a whole. Even in this regard, developments in Sweden are similar to those in other European countries such as Germany, Belgium and the UK.