Friday, August 1, 2014

Issue 17

Can ISIS/Islamic State create a viable caliphate?
Background Essay
Poster Collection, IQ 2, Hoover Institution Archives.
Background Essay

Caliphate Redivivus? Why a Careful Look at the 7th Century Can Predict How the New Caliphate Will End

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Friday, August 1, 2014

When modern Muslims invoke the Khilāfa, the Caliphate as their ideal of governance for the Ummah, the planetary community of all Muslims, and indeed for all humans once converted or killed if stubbornly pagan, they do not refer to the famous caliphates of history from the splendiferous Umayyad, to the longer-lasting Abbasid extinguished by the Mongols in 1258, the Egypt-based and tolerant Fatimid in between, or the Ottoman that lingered till 1924, let alone the extant Ahmadiyya Caliphate that most condemn as heretical.

Featured Commentary
Cairo Punch 13, Hoover Institution Library
Featured Commentary

Overambitious Reach Undermines Islamic State’s Prospects of Creating a Caliphate

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Friday, August 1, 2014

By declaring the Islamic State a global caliphate, Iraqi cleric Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has tapped into the universalist and utopian aspirations of Sunni extremists around the world. 

Cairo Punch 19, Hoover Institution Library.
Featured Commentary

The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the ISIS Caliphate

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Friday, August 1, 2014

The recent seizure by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) of much of northern and western Iraq, along with its ongoing control of large swaths of eastern Syria, has reignited the question of the long-term goals of Islamist extremists.