Jihadism is a term used to demonise Muslim responses to Western political violence.
As Darryl Li has noted:
- The US national security state has for the past quarter-century been preoccupied with something it has called “jihadism.” From the aftermath of the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan through the September 11, 2001 attacks to the rise of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, or ISIS, the specter of mobile Muslim multitudes wreaking global havoc has given rise to an equally vast body of commentary.
- Nearly all of this work is empirically or conceptually flawed. There are many reasons for such shortcomings, foremost being sheer racism and Islamophobia, followed closely by an inability to think beyond the worldview of the national security state. But many critical challenges to discourses on jihadism, however necessary and salutary, have also unwittingly contributed to the stultifying nature of these debates.
Darryl Li A Jihadism Anti-Primer, Middle East Research and Information Project, 276 (Fall 2015)
- Darryl Li A Jihadism Anti-Primer, Middle East Research and Information Project, 276 (Fall 2015)