The IS of Iraq and the Levant: A genocidal campaign- Part 3: The Wahhabi mission spreads globally
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The IS of Iraq and the Levant: A genocidal campaign- Part 3: The Wahhabi mission spreads globally

In the previous articles, we explored the origins of the sectarian ideology in the early days of Islam, the Khawarij. We also examined surge of the Wahhabi mission, a similar Takfiri ideology that originated in the 18th century, one that continues to live until this day through the support of different imperial powers, the British…

Such a Sweet Spot: What’s at Stake in the South China Sea

The Hague’s recent ruling against China’s claim to the South China Sea and Beijing’s response prompt questions as to why the region is so hotly disputed; one Australian expert in the Asia-Pacific Region and an American geopolitical analyst have revealed what is it that makes the area so attractive. © REUTERS/ Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool Based…

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Teflon Sultan

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Teflon Sultan

When Turkish President/aspiring Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport early Saturday morning, he declared the attempted coup against his government a failure, and a “gift from God.” © AFP 2016/ STR / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE God apparently uses Face Time. It was via that iconic iPhone footage from an undisclosed location shown live…

The IS of Iraq and the Levant: A genocidal campaign – part 2: The rise of Wahhabism and the formation of a bastion of terror.

The IS of Iraq and the Levant: A genocidal campaign – part 2: The rise of Wahhabism and the formation of a bastion of terror.

In the previous article, we examined the history of the concept of Takfir, Muslims who engage in excommunication of other Muslims. We also examined the history of the first great split within Islam. In this part we will examine the second surge of Takfir, one that originated in the Arabian Peninsula during the 18th century….