Qatari Writer: Extremism’s Roots Are In Muslim Society, Not External Elements

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Qatari Writer: Religious Extremism Existed ‘Throughout Islamic History’

Masked members of the Islamic militant Hamas group march in the Jabalya refugee camp to protest against the U.S. position on Jerusalem October 4, 2002 in northern Gaza Strip.
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by Deborah Danan
Breitbart, 9 Dec 2016

TEL AVIV – Fanaticism has accompanied Arab societies throughout Islamic history and is not a new phenomenon, but today the media, the left and Islamic preachers are blaming its rise on wild conspiracy theories, a Qatari law professor said.

In a column for UAE daily Al-Ittihad translated Tuesday by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), former dean of Islamic law at Qatar University Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari outlined the history of Islamic religious extremism and slammed elements of Arab society that blame radicalism on external factors such as the West, the Palestinian problem, or unemployment and poverty.

Religious extremism is not, as many believe, a new phenomenon or the result of current events. It has accompanied Arab societies throughout Islamic history,” Ansari writes, noting however, that at first…

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