According to Fahad Arman, writing for the Daily Kos, “the word exists as a stealth slur. It is exists as a piece of coded language.”
Read his entire essay here: ‘Islamist’ As Coded Language.
He points out that there is no parallel term for Christians (Christianist?), and posits that Islamist “actually means ‘Jihadi’, ‘Towelhead’, ‘Hajji’.”
Do you agree with his assessment?