Wehner on the Global Counterjihad

From Real Clear Politics:

In Islam’s first few centuries of existence, it was a dominant and expanding force in the world, sweeping across lands in the modern-day Middle East, North Africa, Spain, and elsewhere. During its Golden Age — which spanned from the eighth to the 13th century — Islam was the philosophical, educational, and scientific center of the world. The Ottoman Empire[17] reached the peak of its power in the 16th century. Islam then began to recede as a political force. In the 17th century, for example, advancing Muslims were defeated at the gates of Vienna, the last time an Islamic army threatened the heart of Europe. And for radicals like bin Laden, a milestone event and historic humiliation came when the Ottoman Empire crumbled at the end of World War I.

This is significant because for many Muslims, the proper order of life in this world is for them to rule and for the “infidels” to be ruled over. The end of the Ottoman Empire was deeply disorienting. Then, in 1923-24 came the establishment of modern, secular Turkey under Kemal Ataturk — and the abolishment of the caliphate.[18]

Osama bin Laden and his militant Sunni followers seek to reverse all that. Bin Laden sees himself as the new caliph; he has referred to himself as the “commander of the faithful.” He is seeking to unify all of Islam — and resume a jihad against the unbelievers.

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One response to “Wehner on the Global Counterjihad

  1. Hi. Although I’m a regular reader of RCP, I was pleased to see this particular article brought to the attention of a broader audience at WordPress.

    This type of information is sorely lacking in the average person who bothers to keep track of global Islamist activities and Islam in general.

    Thanks for the effort.