Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ISIS Declares Itself A Caliphate Ushering In A New Islamic State

Media outlets were so busy reporting on the Hobby Lobby decision that this major bombshell went almost totally unreported. The leaders of ISIS have declared the territories they hold in Syria and Iraq are a new Islamic State... and a Caliphate to boot...

(Fox News) By declaring the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, the extremist group that controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq, is claiming to be the successor of the political and religious community established by the Prophet Muhammad.

The caliphate is a powerful ideal — the concept of a nation of Muslims worldwide ruled by Shariah law under a caliph who holds both spiritual and secular authority. There have been multiple caliphates over Islam's 1,400-year history, with the greatest Muslim empires ruling from Morocco to Central Asia.

The caliphate as an institution lost its authority centuries ago, becoming just a tool of secular rulers to give themselves religious backing. It was formally abolished in 1920 by Turkey's secular founder Mustafa Kamal Ataturk. And while many Muslims long for the unified community of the prophet's era, only a radical fringe are likely to see the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as its heir.

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Posted By: Chris Carmouche