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Europe risks repeating past mistakes on Islam

July 21, 2016, Jonathan Laurence

Today’s crisis of Islamic religious legitimacy and the spread of Salafi ideology are a direct legacy of 20th century European empires, argues Jonathan Laurence. To avoid making the same mistakes again, we need to understand both the contingency of that history and the vacuity of the term “Islamic fundamentalism.” 

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