July 14, 2014
ISIS' Caliphate About Power, Not Religion
William Dalrymple, The Guardian
The Associated Press
For most of Islamic history the title of caliph has been disputed by a succession of Muslim leaders who were anxious to give sacral legitimacy to conquests already achieved – what the Israelis like to call "facts on the ground". As ever in the Middle East, religion is a useful mask assumed by the powerful as a way of holding on to power.
TAGGED: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Iraq, Syria, ISIS, Islamic State