Terrorism is itself a crime and it should be dealt with as a crime, however in some countries it has been dealt with differently. For example, the root cause of terrorism is extremism but some states kept a soft corner for extremist organisations and tried to be harsher towards terrorist organizations and therefore, terrorism is going to be out of control because the root causes are still there and are growing fast. The definition of terrorism and Islamist terrorism are two different concepts but are very much connected. We can also say that Islamist terrorism is a different form of terrorism or comes under the definition of terrorism generally.
In general terrorism you find the types religious, right wing, left wing and ethno-nationalist terrorism, however Islamist terrorism comes under the category of religious terrorism. There are different types of religious terrorism including Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist terrorism but the religious form of terrorism that damaged the peace and generated fear and chaos across the world is the Islamist terrorism.
Before we define Islamist terrorism, we must define general terrorism by analysing the differences of terrorism definitions. We cannot understand the concept of Islamist terrorism if we do not define general terrorism, its definitions and differences in different reasons, respectively.
Mr Noor Dahri is the Founder and Executive Director of ITCT. He has studied Forensics and Criminal Psychology from Oxford and studied Counter Terrorism from the University of Maryland - U.S.A as well as from the International Institute for Counter Terrorism ICT- ISRAEL. He's the author of “The Hydra of Radicalization: The Scourge of Global Extremism".