You might ask what this has to do with information operations, information warfare, public diplomacy, or strategic communications? The answer is everything. This should be the basis for countering extremist Islam – through information.
I have personally sat through many lessons in a madrasa, an Islamic school, to learn Islam. In my opinion, what is written in black and white in the Quran is often misinterpreted by the teacher, the Imam. The Imam is not guilty of the misinterpretation, this is what he has been taught. The same can be said for the vast majority of practices in most mosques, in Islamic cultures, and households.