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Islamist: What Does it Mean? Depends On Who You Ask April 13, 2012
Ten years ago, the only people using the term "Islamist" were policy wonks and government officials. Now, it’s the media catch-all for everything from politically active Muslims to Islamic extremists. A religion scholar offers his definition, and describes the different ways “Islamism” is emerging in the Arab world.

Pictured: An "Islamist" flag popular among Arab Spring protesters. The Arabic reads, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his prophet." 

John Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University