Terrorism has inarguably had a profound impact on the current world. Although terrorism is not a new concept or one that has been created within the past few years, the relevant threat of Islamic terrorism is something that has caused many individuals around the globe to be rather fearful. However, a core misunderstanding exists with respect to the relationship between Islam and terrorism. One of the most unfair and disheartening typifications and stereotypes that pervade American society is with regards to the belief that somehow all individuals that practice the Muslim faith are ultimately terrorists (Juergensmeyer, 2013). As with many forms of ignorance, this simplistic and erroneous understanding is born out of a complete lack of knowledge for the Muslim faith, what fundamentalism necessarily entails, and the means by which a broad majority of Muslims integrate with society, practice their faith, and seek to be considered equal citizens and stakeholders within American society. As a function of this understanding, this particular analysis will analyze some of the main reasons for why Muslims cannot and should not all be considered as terrorists. As a function of this analysis, the author will specifically focus on the understanding that categorizing the Muslim population as predetermined to terrorism ignores several salient factors that cannot and should not be ignored.
The first of these facts which will be discussed is with regards to an analysis of terrorism data that is compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). According to the FBI, over the last 25 years, there were hundreds of different terrorist incidents within the United States.