To secure itself, the Islamic State must destroy its nearest Sunni Arab rivals, and Saudi Arabia is a tempting target.
Contrary to some true Islamophobic believers, politics and Islam have not always gone hand in hand. Under the Ottoman Empire, most Muslim territories were going the same way as Christian Europe – faithful but modernizing, scientific but not atheistic. Up until the 1950s, the difference in religious participation between Europeans and Muslims wasn’t that much. … Continue reading Where the hell did political Islam come from?
So begins the cycle of violence in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood has thrown down and called for rebellion against the army; some will heed that call. But Egypt is no Syria. Should there be something like a civil war, it will be far faster and decisive in Egypt than Syria. Here’s why. Egypt’s population density … Continue reading The Muslim Brotherhood chooses a fight it can’t win (Or, how to lose an urban war)