Associated Press Drops Use Of ‘Islamist’

The term “islamist” should no longer be used to describe as “a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals,” the Associated Press advised on Thursday.

Via U.S. News & World Report:

“Islamist” is frequently used as a label for conservative Islamic political movements, particularly Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, the group’s Palestinian offshoot. It generally carries a negative connotation.

The AP first added the term to its stylebook in 2012. The definition initially read:

Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.