photo: Eddy van Wessel


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The caliph runs a bandit state

When ISIS-leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced his Islamic state in June 2014, the only thing that was clear about it was that it would be run according to the Sharia law, and based on the reign of the first caliphs after the death of the Prophet Mohammed.

Yet when you build a state in the 21st century, with all the knowledge of the centuries in between, you will have to adapt your concept accordingly.

And so did Al-Baghdadi, who was joined by many former administrators and officials of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party. They must have known that in order to convince civilians to join them, they would have to offer them more than security and services.
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