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Set of ideologies holding that Islam should guide social and political as well as personal life

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Islamism: Set of ideologies holding that Islam should guide social and political as well as personal life
Islamism is a concept whose meaning has been debated in both public and academic contexts. The term can refer to diverse forms of social and political activism advocating that public and political life should be guided by Islamic principles or more specifically to movements which call for full implementation of sharia. It is commonly used interchangeably with the terms political Islam or Islamic fundamentalism. In academic usage, the term Islamism does not specify what vision of "Islamic order" or sharia are being advocated, or how their advocates intend to bring them about. In Western mass media it tends to refer to groups whose aim is to establish a sharia-based Islamic state, often with implication of violent tactics and human rights violations, and has acquired connotations of political extremism. In the Muslim world, the term has positive connotations among its proponents.

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Suspected Islamist militants kill 19, burn church in eastern DR Congo

Islamist militiamen killed at least 19 people overnight in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, stepping up attacks on civilians in response to a military campaign against them in border areas with..
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Sudan's top Islamist politician sent to prison holding Bashir

Sudan's most prominent Islamist politician was arrested on Wednesday after being summoned for questioning over former leader Omar al-Bashir's rise to power in a 1989 coup, a senior official from his..
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Iranians celebrate U.S. embassy seizure anniversary [Video]Iranians celebrate U.S. embassy seizure anniversary

Thousands of Iranians chanted "Death to America" near the old U.S. embassy on Monday, the 40th anniversary on the seizure of the mission, with the country's army chief comparing the United States with..

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Factbox: Islamic State still dangerous despite Baghdadi's death [Video]Factbox: Islamic State still dangerous despite Baghdadi's death

The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid is a further blow to a jihadist group that once held a swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria, experts said, but the organization..

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The moment Iran's soccer team thank female fans after huge win [Video]The moment Iran's soccer team thank female fans after huge win

Iranian national team soccer players show their appreciation for the impassioned female fanbase at Azadi stadium following their 14-0 thrashing of Cambodia.

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Paris police HQ attacker showed 'radicalization' [Video]Paris police HQ attacker showed 'radicalization'

Evidence has emerged that the man who killed four of his coworkers in a knife rampage at Paris' police headquarters on Thursday may have been a religious extremist, according to prosecutors. Matthew..

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Sudan's top Islamist politician summoned over 1989 coup

Sudan's most prominent Islamist politician is under investigation over former leader Omar al-Bashir's rise to power in a 1989 coup, an official from his party said on Wednesday.
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German police arrest Syrian suspected of planning attack

German police on Tuesday arrested a 37-year old Syrian man suspected of exchanging bomb building material through an Islamist messenger group with the aim of planning an attack, police and prosecutors..
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Ennahda's choice Jemli tapped to be Tunisia PM, faces big challenge

Habib Jemli faces the challenge of cobbling together a ruling coalition in economically troubled Tunisia after the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, which took most seats in last month's election,..
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Tunisia's parliament picks moderate Islamist party leader as speaker

Tunisia’s new parliament on Wednesday elected Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, as its speaker after the rival Heart of Tunisia party backed him, opening the way for a..
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How a preacher sent gunmen into Burkina Faso's schools

When an Islamist preacher took up the fight in Burkina Faso's northern borderlands almost a decade ago, his only weapon was a radio station. The words he spoke kindled the anger of a frustrated..
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Indonesia urges public to report civil servants over 'radical' content

Indonesia launched a website on Tuesday that would allow the public to report "radical" content posted by civil servants, as authorities in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country push to combat..
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Congolese forces kill 25 Islamist rebels in eastern offensive: army

Congolese forces said on Saturday they had killed 25 Islamist rebels since launching an offensive against them late last month in an eastern region also struggling with an Ebola outbreak.
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Tunisia's moderate Islamist party may choose outside candidate as PM

Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda party may choose a candidate from outside its ranks to head government, two sources said on Friday, as it seeks consensus with other parties for a coalition.
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French ambassador in Bosnia summoned over Macron's 'time bomb' remark

Bosnia's presidency summoned the French ambassador on Friday to protest over President Emmanuel Macron's comment that the country is a "time bomb" due to returning Islamist fighters.
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Tunisia's main parties refuse new government led by moderate Islamists

Tunisia's main parties rejected a proposal on Thursday by the moderate Islamist party Ennahda to name a prime minister from its own ranks following its victory in last month's parliamentary elections.
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Militia in Congo kills 10 civilians in village raid

Armed attackers killed 10 people and kidnapped two others during a raid on a village in eastern Congo, a local official said on Tuesday, accusing the fighters of belonging to an Islamist rebel militia.
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Anti-U.S. murals of drone and Mickey Mouse mark 1979 Tehran embassy takeover

Iran on Saturday unveiled new murals at the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran ahead of the 40th anniversary of the seizure of the mission by hardline Islamist students, depicting what state media said was..
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Twelve Niger soldiers killed in probable Boko Haram attack: ministry

Twelve soldiers in southeastern Niger were killed and eight wounded in an overnight attack by gunmen likely belonging to Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram, the defense ministry said on Wednesday.
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Sixteen killed in Burkina Faso in suspected jihadist attack

Suspected jihadists killed 16 villagers in northern Burkina Faso on Monday in an incident highlighting the increased presence of Sahel-based Islamists in the area, local and security sources said.
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Dutch arrest alleged commander of Syrian Islamist group

Dutch police this week arrested a 29-year-old Syrian alleged former commander of the Ahrar al-Sham Islamist insurgent group on suspicion of having committed war crimes, the public prosecutor's office..
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Pakistani Islamist party vows to oust government with protests

The chief of one of Pakistan's largest religious parties announced on Tuesday a protest campaign aimed at ousting Prime Minister Imran Khan, raising the prospect of political turmoil as the government..
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U.N. calls for release of ex-aide to Egypt's Mursi, son jailed since 2013

An Egyptian Islamist father and his son have been detained unlawfully since 2013 part of the political persecution of ex-aides to deposed president Mohamed Mursi, and should be freed immediately and..
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Afghanistan suffers record 4,300 civilian casualties in three months: U.N.

A record 4,313 civilians were injured or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Islamist Taliban between July and September, the United Nations said on Thursday.
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France jails women for failed Notre Dame car bombing: report

A French court on Monday handed down sentences of at least 25 years in jail for two women with ties to Islamist militants who made a failed attempt to set off a crude car bomb outside Paris's..
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Hailing 'new revolution', political outsider Saied elected Tunisia's president

Kais Saied, a political outsider who is backed by Islamists and leftist and wants to remake national politics, won a landslide victory in Tunisia's presidential election which he hailed as a "new..
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After knife rampage, French police are alert for radicalised colleagues

French police have re-opened an internal investigation into the suspected Islamist sympathies of a senior police officer, three sources close to the police said, as part of a security review after a..
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Indonesian president tightens security for ministers after attack

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Friday he had ordered tighter security for state officials a day after a suspected Islamist militant stabbed the chief security minister as he was greeting..
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Sri Lanka housing minister vows to tap wartime army chief if elected president

Sri Lanka's presidential frontrunner housing minister Sajith Premadasa launched his campaign on Thursday, promising to appoint a wartime army chief as head of national security should he win the..
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Pakistan arrests four aides of alleged mastermind of Mumbai terror attacks

Pakistani authorities on Thursday arrested four aides of Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, the suspected mastermind of a four-day militant attack on the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008, on terrorism financing..
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Indonesia minister has surgery after attack by suspected Islamist

Indonesia's chief security minister was stabbed on Thursday by a man authorities suspect had been radicalized by Islamic State ideology, and underwent surgery for his wounds, the first time such a..
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Tunisia's moderate Islamist party Ennahda to lead fractured new parliament

The moderate Islamist Ennahda will be the largest party in Tunisia's new parliament, preliminary official results showed on Wednesday, but with only 52 of 217 seats it may struggle to build a governing..
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Ennahda came first in Tunisian parliamentary election

Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda came first in Sunday's parliamentary election, winning 52 seats, while media mogul Nabil Karoui's Heart of Tunisia party won 38 seats in the 217-seat chamber, the..
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France needs 'society of vigilance' against Islamist 'Hydra': Macron

France must develop a "society of vigilance" in its fight against the "Hydra" of Islamist militancy, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday, as he paid homage to the victims of a deadly knife attack..
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Split vote complicates government formation after Tunisia election

Tunisia's parliament looks deeply fractured after an election on Sunday, with an exit poll showing the moderate Islamist Ennahda in first place with only 17.5% of votes, meaning the coming period of..
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Exit poll shows tough road to form government after Tunisia election

An exit poll showed the moderate Islamist Ennahda party narrowly emerging as the largest party in Tunisia's parliamentary election on Sunday, but with only a small proportion of votes, which may make..
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Exit poll shows Islamist Ennahda party first in Tunisia election

Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda party gained most votes in Sunday's parliamentary election, an exit poll by Sigma Conseil broadcast by state television showed.
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Tunisian Islamist party says it won parliamentary election

Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda came first in Sunday's parliamentary election, one of its spokesman said in a news briefing broadcast online, citing what he called preliminary results.
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Nigeria releases 25 children cleared of suspected ties with Boko Haram: UNICEF

The Nigerian army released 25 children on Thursday after clearing them of suspected ties with armed Islamist groups in the country's restive northeast region, the United Nations Children's Fund..
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U.S. re-opens embassy in Somali capital amid persisting Islamist violence

The United States announced on Wednesday it had re-opened its embassy in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, nearly three decades after it was shut down, underscoring deepening ties between the two nations..
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An Islamist dilemma after rise of populists in Tunisia

The annoyance among voters in the hilltop town of al-Alia shows the dilemma facing Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda party as it seeks to win Sunday's parliamentary election after years of sharing..
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Somali commandos, U.S. air strike repel Islamist insurgent attack

Cameras picked up the two white trucks carrying bombs and fighters through the bush towards Somalia's most secure military base, home to U.S. special forces, foreign trainers and the Somali special..
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Somalia fights to standardize schools with first new curriculum since civil war began

Every school day, Shuayb Muhidin travels Mogadishu's battle-scarred streets to get to Banadir Zone School. For years, the government has battled Islamist insurgents but now authorities are also turning..
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Tunisian Islamists pivot from consensus politics as election looms

Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda party will seek to govern alone or in partnership with "the forces of the revolution", its leader said on Friday, hinting at an end to five years of consensus rule..
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Numbed by war, generations of Afghans seek solace in voting

Nearly two decades ago, an Afghan man risked his life to protect the country's prized artefacts by hiding them in the basement of the central bank office in Kabul as Taliban Islamists destroyed the..
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Mercy Corps suspends northeast Nigeria work after army shuts offices

International aid agency Mercy Corps on Wednesday suspended its operations in two northeastern Nigerian states worst hit by Islamist insurgents after the army closed four of its offices in the region,..
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World losing ground against violence in Sahel, U.N. says

West African and international powers are failing to tackle the spiraling threat of Islamist militancy in the Sahel region, which is spreading towards the Gulf of Guinea, the United Nations..
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Factbox: Afghan voters speak ahead of Saturday's presidential election

Afghanistan's twice-delayed presidential election is expected to go ahead on Saturday, after months of uncertainty in which U.S. diplomats sought to hammer out a pact with Taliban Islamist militants to..
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Bloodshed at wedding party fuels Afghan anger as elections near

Hundreds of Afghans marched on Tuesday in protest against the deaths of at least 40 wedding party guests who were caught in the crossfire of a clash between U.S.-backed government forces and Islamist..
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At least 40 civilians at wedding party killed during nearby U.S.-backed Afghan army raid

At least 40 civilians attending a wedding party were killed by explosions and gunfire during a raid by U.S.-backed Afghan government forces on a nearby Islamist militant hideout, officials in Helmand..
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Afghanistan's Taliban meets Chinese government in Beijing

A Taliban delegation met China's special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing on Sunday to discuss the group's peace talks with the United States, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said.
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Somalia’s al Shabaab raid military base, loot weapons

Fighters belonging to Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed an army base near the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, looted it for weapons and then withdrew, a military source, residents and the..
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Ethiopia says it detains suspected Islamist militants planning attacks

Ethiopia said on Saturday it had arrested an unspecified number of Islamist militant members of the Somali group al Shabaab and Islamic State who were planning to carry out attacks in the country on..
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Moderate Islamist Ennahda backs Saied in Tunisia's presidential run-off

Tunisia's largest political party, moderate Islamist Ennahda, will back former law professor Kais Saied in a presidential election run-off, it said on Thursday, potentially boosting his chances against..
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