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.

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TAGGED: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Iraq, Syria, ISIS, Islamic State

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