29 August 2003

Radical Islamism in Nigeria

Here is an article by my friend Paul Marshall on the growth of radical Islamism in the most populous west African state: "Sirens over Africa." He persuasively shows how islamist efforts to enforce Sharya law in Nigera are blatantly destructive ("discriminatory" is too mild a word) of women. The long-range danger is that Nigeria could become one more seed bed for terrorism.

I did not include a chapter on Islamism in my book on ideologies, but others have written on it elsewhere, including Marshall. Islamism is clearly subject to all the distortions characteristic of other ideologies. Its unjust treatment of women is only one indication of this.

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