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Islamism, a “fundamentalism” in Islam

Often these terms are used by writers with little precision. In journalistic literature they are sometimes used with notable confusion, making them interchangeable. However, each of these terms has its history and scope of meaning and application. In order to focus the study on the reality designated by one of them, Islam, it is necessary to make a brief historical and conceptual review that puts order in the meanings and indicates with some precision the areas of reference for each of them.

Titre original : “El islamismo, un “fundamentalismo” en el Islam”

On retrouve souvent ces termes employés par les écrivains avec peu de précision. Dans la littérature journalistique, ils sont parfois utilisés avec une grande confusion, comme s’ils étaient interchangeables. Cependant, chacun de ces termes a son histoire et son champ de signification et d’application. Pour centrer l’étude sur la réalité que désigne l’un d’eux, l’islamisme, il convient de mener une brève réflexion conceptuelle qui mette de l’ordre dans les significations et indique avec une certaine précision les domaines de référence pour chacun d’eux.

A menudo se encuentran esos términos empleados por los escritores con escasa precision. En la literatura periodistica llegan a emplearse a veces con notable confusion, haciendolos intercambiables. Sin embargo, cada uno de estos términos tiene su historia y su ambito de significado y de aplicacio. Para centrar el estudio en la realidad que designa uno de ellos, islamismo, conviene hacer una breve resena historica y conceptual que ponga orden en los significados y senale con cierta precision los ambitos de referencia para cada uno de ellos.

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