'Islamofascism': Four competing discourses on the Islamism-fascism comparison uri icon


  • © 2018 Bar-On.With the dramatic rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, we witnessed the revival of the Islamism-fascism comparison. This paper begins with a short history of the Islamism-fascism comparison. It then argues that both Islamism and fascism are coherent political ideologies. The author proposes a four-fold typology of different discourses in respect of the Islamism-fascism comparison, which are called 'Thou shall not compare', 'Islamofascism', 'Islamofascism as epithet', and 'Dare to compare'. It's concluded that we should compare Islamism and fascism, but that the two ideologies are distinctive, totalitarian ideologies. Clerical fascism is the closest ideologically to Islamism, although it is also a distinctive political ideology.

Publication date

  • January 1, 2018