Exploring the Language of Post-Sept. 11 U.S. Policy Within weeks after Sept. 11, such terms as "jihadist" and "war on terror" entered the American English lexicon. Understanding the political impact of that language may shed light on some of the geopolitical fractures that have come to define the early 21st century.
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Exploring the Language of Post-Sept. 11 U.S. Policy

A Five-Part Series on the Political Lexicon of Our Times

President Bush speaks to rescue workers at Ground Zero a few days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In the wake of the attacks, a slew of new terms with political implications -- including jihad and Islamofascism -- entered the American lexicon. Getty Images hide caption

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President Bush speaks to rescue workers at Ground Zero a few days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In the wake of the attacks, a slew of new terms with political implications -- including jihad and Islamofascism -- entered the American lexicon.

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PART 1: Jihad

Fadl

Hear Fadl on the Spiritual Meanings of Jihad

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Mary Habeck

Hear Habeck on the Term 'Jihadi'

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PART 2: Islamofascism

Paul Berman

Hear Berman on Radical Islamists & Fascists

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Hear Douglas Streusand

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PART 3: War on Terror

Richard Perle

Hear Perle on the 'War on Terror'

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PART 4: Imperialism

Niall Ferguson

Hear Niall Ferguson on American Imperialism

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PART 5: Democracy

Francis Fukuyama

Hear Fukuyama on the Problems with Democracy in the Mideast

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