The Seven Trends behind the Global Rise of Populism
Iyad El-Baghdadi

Great article!

Side note, which is slightly off-topic: Why must some Muslims (maybe even myself) have this tendency to add the word “Islamic” in front of western political ideologies we admire, follow or lean towards? For example, before the 1980s, the term “Islamic Socialism” was popular in non-Arab Muslim countries like Iran and Pakistan, but there was not anything inherently Islamic about Islamic Socialism that other religions could also not claim, nor was there any inherent difference between Socialism and Islamic Socialism. Not that natural sciences and social sciences are the same, but we don’t see Muslim scientists claiming to study Islamic Physics or Islamic Biology, or advocate such concepts. One could probably argue a case for Islamic Finance on the other hand, since it was explicitly mentioned in the Qur’an and Ahadith.

I ask because you identify as an Islamic Libertarian, and am curious how Islamic Libertarianism is different from Libertarianism, and what makes it uniquely Islamic. If being an Islamic Libertarian is being a Muslim who politically identifies as a Libertarian, then why not Muslim Libertarian? Like the term Arab Socialist or Christian Democrat? Sometimes I feel like we need to add the adjective “Islamic” to persuade our peoples to follow certain western ideologies we would like to see in the Muslim world, mainly because most Muslims do not trust Westerners these days because of the trauma of western imperialism, and believe they as a civilization have nothing good to offer us. It’s kind of how many of the early western scientists withheld the contributions of Muslim scientists when making their own discoveries because they believed our civilization had nothing to offer them.

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