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A modern phenomenon

Al Qaeda's fundamentalism is more related to militant European radicalism than Islamism, says Olivier Roy.


[terror] – There are no problems associated with the word Islam, which is the name of the religion itself. But there is a big difference between what is known as Islamism and the new fundamentalism that underlies Al Qaeda.

Olivier Roy is head of research at the French Research Center Center National de la Recherche Scientifique. He is one of the Western world's leading Islamic experts, not least in the field of global Islam. Roy has published a number of books on Islam and the Muslim world. In 2004 came the book Globalized Islam: The Search For A New Ummah. Ny Tid met him in Oslo.

Islamism is modern

- Many people struggle with the concepts in the debate about Islam and the terror that is taking place. . .

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