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January 8, 2013

Who is an 'Islamist'?

Should media outlets drop the word?
Use of the word 'Islamists' on TV
Screenshot from CNN.com

The term 'Islamist,' used by many media outlets to describe those who support a form of government in accordance with Islam, has recently come under scrutiny in the US. Ibrahim Hooper, who serves as the National Communications Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), recently published an op-ed calling for members of the press to stop using the word.

One of the world's most influential news wires, the Associated Press, recently removed the word 'Islamophobia' from its style book. It also added a definition for 'Islamist'.