Glossary: islamic extremist material

guide Glossary islamic extremist material

This is a short guide to terms and phrases frequently found in Islamist extremist material. The terms in this glossary are not used exclusively by Islamists and their use is not an indicator of extremist belief. They often have similar meanings in general, non-extremist contexts.

There are many concepts and phrases which are common to all Muslims, but which have a particular meaning for Islamic extremists. We have created a glossary to highlight the extremist interpretations of these, and to help people understand what is meant if they come across some of these phrases.

Glossary Transliteration

There are a number of different ways that many of these terms have been transliterated from Arabic into English. Spellings vary between users and are also often misspelt (e.g., kafir / kaafir / kaffir). This glossary of Islamic extremist material contains words and phrases frequently found in extremist material. However, they are not used exclusively by extremists and their use is not an indicator of extremist belief. In fact, many have similar meanings in non-extremist settings, but are included here due to their frequency of use in extremist material.

There are many concepts and phrases which are common to all Muslims, but which have a particular meaning for Islamic extremists.

This glossary explains the meanings of just under a hundred Islamic extremist words and phrases in every-day language. Whilst this guide has been compiled by experts in this subject we are keen to keep it up-to-date and as accessible and useful as possible. If there are other phrases or words that you have come across that you would like to see included, please let us know here.

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