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Definition: This is the act of identifying someone as a kafir - unbeliever. Some Muslims believe that the right to do this lies only with God.

Some, however, think that humans are allowed to make such an identification. Doing so has been an important part of Islamic fundamentalism - Muslims are not allowed to wage war on each other, but they can wage war on unbelievers. Thus, if a society or group can be labeled as unbelieving, it becomes religious acceptable to engage in even armed battle with them.

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