Lure of the caliph and Islamic StateWritten by Karim Crow
THE declaration of a so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syraq (Syria+Iraq) on June 27 by Sunni renegades led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claimed a universal authority throughout the Muslim ummah in the manner of caliphs of old. Baghdadi has degrees in Islamic studies from the Islamic University of Baghdad. He was then a preacher in Diyala province where, after the 2003 United States invasion, he led his own armed insurgency group. The veteran observer Patrick Cockburn objectively describes IS to be “the most powerful and effective extreme jihadi group in the world... violent and sectarian”................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
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Karim Douglas Crow is a Principal Research Fellow at IAIS Malaysia.