Political analysts and academicians found that all political Islamist groups have one core approach despite the apparent difference in their methodologies.

This was at the ninth panel of the fourth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, titled “Radicalization, Extremism and Terrorism: The Future of Political Islam”. The participants were: Dr. Ridwan Al-Sayyid, visiting professor of Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut, Dr. Abdullah Al Seyid Wald Abah, professor of philosophy and social studies at the University of Nouakchott, and Dr. Mustafa Al Ani, senior advisor and program director in security and terrorism studies at Gulf Research Center.

Dr. Al-Sayyid said that using religion in politics, harms religions more than it harms politics, and that some of the remaining popularity of political Islamist groups is due to the ideas they tried tirelessly to spread during the past half century.

On the other hand, Dr. Wald Abah, found that political Islamist groups declaring a separation between advocacy and preaching on one hand, and politics on the other, is nothing more than an expression of the crisis they are experiencing after failing to adjust in the political sphere they aim to have a strong presence in.

Dr. Al Ani said that extremism and terrorism are consequences of political conditions, citing the Soviet invasion leading to the formation of Al Qaeda as an example, and added that the Iranian project led to the formation of armed Shiite militias.

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