Islamism, a theo-political ideology bent on the subjugation of anyone who doesn’t adhere to its aims, is a political movement distinct from personal piety and ethics. As Islamist voices became louder and began to hold more political power, especially throughout the twentieth century, the battle of ideas within the “house of Islam” reached a fever pitch. Worldwide, the struggle against Islamist violence has become a personal concern to more people – of all religions – than ever before.
AIFD was formed in the wake of the horrific attacks of 9/11 to engage in this battle, from the side of anti-Islamist reform, freedom and human rights. For over a decade, AIFD has been working to advance reform within the Muslim community, supporting universal human rights and opposing the hateful ideologies of Islamism and fascism.