The 100-Year-Old Mistake Behind Today’s Islamic Extremism
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Current day turmoil pitting the Western World against the Islamic State comes from a 100-year-old European mistake, according to scholar Jonathan Laurence. While countries across the world try to wrap their minds around horrific Islam centered attacks, European Islam expert Laurence reminds the world of the Dutch and British disenfranchisement of the laid back and more culturally accepting Ottoman ruled caliphate...
“As Mr Laurence sees things, the abolition of the old caliphate created a vacuum that has been filled, over the subsequent century, by much darker substitutes, up to and including the new caliphate proclaimed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State. Even where they stop short of fomenting anti-Western violence, global networks of religious fundamentalism and puritanism, such as those linking preachers from say, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, have replaced the relatively emollient tone set by the Ottoman caliphs, who were connoisseurs of Western art and music, as a colleague has written.”