In the United States, on TV I have heard much about "radical islamic terrorism" during the republican debates and also in mainstream media.
Nearly all these cases involve a male aggressor, or a muslim (the female form is muslima).
May I please ask why the common term in media and during our debates is "radical islamic terrorism", and why I have never heard the term "radical muslim terrorism"?
Is there a literal or nuanced difference in these phrases? Or are they equal and the choice of one phrase adds repetition value? Or is it an equivocation used to speak negatively about muslims without using the word muslim?
I am only interested in the meaning and word choice. Please, no discussion on how I should vote, or the character of people that use that phrase.