Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wahhabism : A primer

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant article on Wahhabism, Salafism, Fundamental Islamism and related concepts.

Oh, boy... what joy to read and understand. A must read, IMO.

"Why should we be surprised then, that from Prince Bandar's Saudi-Western mandate to manage the insurgency in Syria against President Assad should have emerged a neo-Ikhwan type of violent, fear-inducing vanguard movement: ISIS? And why should we be surprised -- knowing a little about Wahhabism -- that "moderate" insurgents in Syria would become rarer than a mythical unicorn? Why should we have imagined that radical Wahhabism would create moderates? Or why could we imagine that a doctrine of "One leader, One authority, One mosque: submit to it, or be killed" could ever ultimately lead to moderation or tolerance?  "

More here

My rhetorical qns as always:

a. So who is the IS?
b. Who is a moderate rebel and / or a moderate jidahist.