The Rise of Political Islam and Islamism in Muslim countries cause a pervasive & contestable controversy among western scholars. Today Islam has been identified with Activism, Radicalism, Fundamentalism, and etc. yet, there are many questions being propounded; such as, what is political Islam? Why Islamic movements acted against interest of the west? Why Islamism constructed against the west?
There is no doubt that the rise of Islamism & Political Islam has produced a major global ideological shift that has manifested basically in more focus on and accommodation of the political legitimacy of the west , thus in the west focus has been instead on Islamic Threats to interests and lifestyles of the west.
This article aim at outlining the ideas and processes that have been used to study Islam and to create major western images about Islam. The conclusion suggests a different frameworks for studying Islamic Movements and consequently, refining and correcting western images.