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Globalisation, Political Islam And The Rise Of Fundamentalism

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A confluence of fundamentalism, political Islam, and an extreme understanding of jihadism is far from the mind of the few Muslims who seem happy with the label fundamentalist. Extreme Islamism aspirations may wish to establish a global caliphate (khilafa) to unite the umma, the global Muslim community, under one leadership. Multicultural provisions in New Zealand allow Muslims to live by some sharia rules in the family sphere up to the point where such practices may come in direct conflict with New Zealand laws. The first conference of New Zealand imams was held in Auckland on 27 to 28 October 2007 under the auspices of FIANZ and the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs. Re-Islamisation is a resistance phenomenon trying to stem the tide of globalisation and its forces of cultural homogenization. Zaoui has become the only well-publicised victim of terrorism inside New Zealand.

Keywords: FIANZ; fundamentalism; global Muslim community; imam; jihadism; New Zealand; political Islam; Re-Islamisation; sharia; Zaoui case



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