The human mind is a battleground of contending forces, where the two most powerful are reason and emotion: reason assesses life, and produces measures that are adaptive, to the best of its ability; emotion, by-and-large, operates on feelings.
Ordinarily, an uneasy truce prevails between the two generally incompatible powers.
Islam is an intensely emotional authoritarian system of belief.
Hence Islam induces powerful emotional imprinting in a large percentage of its adherents.
It is from this segment of the Muslim population that the fanatic jihadists arise and pose existential threats to the “other.”
The jihadists are rigidly-imprinted foot-soldier Islamic automatons that have little choice but to carry out the fatwa and dictates of their high-ranking religious leaders, such as the Ayatollahs in the case of the Shi’a and Muftis for the Sunni.
The authoritarian type poses numerous problems and presents many ramifications — ramifications much too important and complex to be comprehensively treated here.
For now, it is important to understand that a person with the authoritarian personality is an extremist.