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The MEK is billed by U.S. politicians like Rudy Giuliani and current National Security Advisor John Bolton as the legitimate opposition to the current Iranian government. But the MEK also happens to be a former Islamist-Marxist organization that was only taken off the U.S. list of terrorist organizations in 2012--raising the question of why supporters of such a group would want to back an Islamophobic, hard-right Spanish party like Vox.
AFAIK, MEK was originally "Marxist" in a sense that they abhorred all things atheist (like Marx), but believed that Islamist society would be equal, fair and kinda socialist (like Marx's). Don't know what they profess to believe nowadays.
Ahmadinejad (remember that dude?) was an Islamist liberal populist. Compared to his foreign policy, the Mullahs were moderate. And yet he got bad rap in Iran for kissing ladies hands...
What I mean is that the word "Islamist" does a lot of work in these days, and yet it's meaning is very poorly defined. Theoretically, if a person believes Islam should have any role in everyday life, that person is an Islamist. How much of a role, well, that's all politics and sects.
So I think it would be a mistake to use a wide brush like that to paint over all big and minute political details and diversity of the Islamic world.
Which, I have to add, I don't claim to understand at all. I'd like to, but good sources are really hard to come by. I'm currently reading a book about Bayt al-Ḥikmah and it's absolutely fascinating (and not really current). I'd also like learn basic farsi, but I don't have the time nor can I find good courses...
What they have become after decades of repression, torture and executions is another story; but I think it fairer to describe them as Muslim rather than Islamist.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
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