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The word Islamist and it's meanings are not really simple.

Zandiqa calls traditionalists Islamists and Traditionalists who think we are modernists call us Islamists.

The word Islamist has it's roots in the Orientalist discourse who sought to manage newly conquered lands...
by creating a class traditionalists who were compliant subjects.

Over the years Islamists have come to denote radical guys like us. i.e those who advocate for Shariah.
In recent times Western Sufis use the word Islamist to denote guys like us who are apparently inspired by Marxism.

It is often used interchangeably with Ikhwami, Qutubi or Jamati or simply Wahhabi.

So, do you see the pattern?
People like Hamza Yusuf, Adam Kelwick, etc intersect with people like Majid Nawaz and Quilliam when it comes to the issue of Islamists.

This divide among the Muslim Community is a very successful execution of the RAND doctrine for the Muslim Community.
Us "Islamists" seek restoration(or rather reconstruction) of the Islamic order(which is the most accurate translation of Dar Al Islam).

We are not really interested in compromises for safe spaces for an unplanned dawah scheme. Ask any celebrity Shaykh today.
What is your long term plan?

Chances are that they have none at all.

I might ask people to be more fair in their critique of feminism, crt or whatever and I might challenge the Madhabists and Sufis but at the end of the day my allegiance is to the Quran and Sunnah.
And if seeking restoration of Shariah, if seeking restoration of scholarly etiquette in popular discourses makes me an Islamist, it's a badge I wear with pride.
But it doesn't change the fact that Muslims are implicitly and explicitly contributing to the divide and fitnah within the Ummah.

It will be a long while before we can truly break out of this Orientalist paradigm.
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