Islamicist. Islamist

In 2005, I asked Merriam-Webster the following question. Associate Editor, Kory Stamper, replied as follows.

Q: Is the correct spelling “Islamicist” or “Islamist”? And is it “Islamism” or “Islamicism”?

A: We enter “Islamist” and “Islamism” in the Eleventh, so I’ll assume that those are the most recent and most frequent words used. A quick search of Lexis-Nexis confirms this: “Islamist” and “Islamism” are overwhelmingly preferred in American and British news sources. I find only a handful of hits for “Islamicist” or “Islamicism.”

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