The Difference Between Islam and Islamism?

Although there is a more or less “secular” constitution in Turkey, the anti-Semitic and anti-non-Muslim culture seems to have more influence over people even than laws. There also does not seem to be any interest or pluralistic mentality in enforcing non-Islamic laws.

A cemetery in Milas, for example, leads one question the thin, fragile line between Islam and Islamism — or between progressive Islam and radical Islam.

Milas, whose name comes from ancient Greek “Mylasa,” is a nice town in Anatolia, where there was once a powerful Jewish community.

After years of neglect and disrepair, the Jewish cemetery in Milas has been turned into a place where sheep graze and garbage is thrown.

Sheep graze in the neglected Jewish cemetery in Milas, Turkey

Sheep graze in the neglected Jewish cemetery in Milas, Turkey

  • Achmed

    There is no Islamism. There is only Islam.

  • simus1

    “Distinction without a difference is a fallacy that often appears in philosophical or political debate. The basic version of the fallacy occurs when a person prefers, or insists on, one term to a synonymous term, even though there is no substantive difference in meaning between the two.”

    from wiseGeek.