In a special report, RT America examines the origins, power and expansion of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS). RT’...
cjizzyISIS is mysterious in part because it is so many things at once. It combines Islamic piety and reverence for the prophet and his companions with the most modern social-media...ISIS is mysterious in part because it is so many things at once. It combines Islamic piety and reverence for the prophet and his companions with the most modern social-media platforms and encryption schemes; its videos blend the raw pornographic violence of a snuff film with the pious chanting of religious warriors; the group has the discipline of a prison gang (many of its recruits were indeed drawn from U.S.-organized prisons in Iraq), but also the tactical subtlety and capacity for deception of the most skilled members of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence services, who were also pulled into the ISIS net. It appears less brittle than al-Qaeda because its members care less about religious doctrine and organizational hierarchy. As has been said of the Episcopal Church (forgive the comparison), ISIS is solid at the core but loose at the edges.
What is ravaging the Middle East right now is obviously deeper than ISIS. It has become commonplace over the last year to observe that we are witnessing the collapse of the post-Ottoman order—that the “lines in the sand” conjured in 1916 by the British and French diplomats Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot are being blown to dust. But we haven’t reckoned with how the insurgents perceive that process. ISIS has religious, psychological, and technological faces. But in some fundamental respects it is an anti-colonial movement that takes as its reference point Islam’s pre-colonial conception of power—an Islamic state, a Sunni caliphate. Even if ISIS is crushed, this idea of “our caliphate” is likely to persist, and return.Show more3 years ago
My heart bleeds for the victims of boko haram. Doctrine:
Boko Haram is a radical Sunni Islamic sect, originally calling itself Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnar Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, which broadly translates to...My heart bleeds for the victims of boko haram. Doctrine:
Boko Haram is a radical Sunni Islamic sect, originally calling itself Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnar Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, which broadly translates to “people committed to the propagation of the Prophet’s teachings and jihad.”* The group’s more widely known name is Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sin,” and was a nickname given by locals based on the group’s strong rejection of Western education as corrupt.
The founder of the group, Mohammed Yusuf, was a trained Salafist and follower of Ibn Taymiyya, a 14th century scholar who preached Islamic fundamentalism.* Boko Haram aims to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria, including the establishment of Sharia courts. However, the group is highly decentralised and not all fighters of the group necessarily follow Salafi doctrine, with many soldiers being poor, uneducated youth.Show more
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