The arguments of far right commentators who conflate Islam with extremism are flawed. In the rich and complex tradition of Islam, extremists are a small minority who often target other Muslims.
The recent burqa ban in Morocco highlights tensions between radical Salafists and a moderate Islamic government that has taken steps to further women’s rights.
The American Muslim population is one of the most diverse. So, what are the religious and political leanings of America’s different Muslim communities?
Since Islam is predicated on law, variations in the interpretation of that law – along with geography and distinct legal schools – have all contributed to differences in the religion.
What makes Islamic State different to traditional Islam isn’t necessarily the religious texts the group uses.