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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross twitterstreaming re Iraq & ISIS…

Friday, June 20th, 2014

[ by Charles Cameron -- today's source of understanding addresses the tensions within the ISIS alliance -- with a question about the Naqshbandiyya tagged on for our readers ]
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Here, including a “ramp-up” from two days ago, is a series of related tweets from Daveed G-R:

Nota bene:

  • We reject Sharia.
  • IAI may eventually have to fight ISIS.
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    While we’re at it, here are two other DG-R tweets on significant topics:

    Daveed’s Spectator cover-article is (appropriately) spectacular, btw.

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    Of particular interest to me, in case you read this and know where to point me, is anything re the strength or nominality of connection between the Jaysh Rijal al-Tariq al-Naqshabandi or Naqshabandi army and the Sufi Naqshbandiyya order.

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    Non-dual Islam and Iraq

    Friday, June 20th, 2014

    [ by Charles Cameron -- a tale of Sunni, Shia and Sushi ]
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    It’s a remarkable image, with viral potential to be sure, but there’s a practical side to it too — I found it at the head of an IQNA (ie Iranian) article from February, titled Karbala’s Shiites Welcome Anbar’s Sunni Families, which informed us:

    After weeks of fighting between armed groups and Iraqi military forces in the Anbar province, civilians caught in the middle of the clashes have been fleeing for safety. The region has a Sunni majority but safe places of refuge are being found in Shiite districts such as Karbala.

    In the previous month, Osama al-Shami, deputy head of Karbala’s Shiite endowments authority, said that families fleeing Iraq’s predominantly Sunni Anbar province would be welcomed in the southeastern Shiite-majority province.

    Dozens of displaced families – including many women and children – have fled to the city of Karbala, where they have been given shelter in the part of the city usually reserved for pilgrims.
    Observers have noted the significance of Karbala’s Shiite endowment authority offering shelter to Sunni refugees amid ongoing sectarian tension in Iraq.

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    Did I say viral? It has been cleverly adapted with exactly that in mind…

    — and there’s even a translation in circulation:

    Not talking about fish indeed!

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    In much the same spirit…

    Hayder al-Khoei, scion of a remarkable Shiite clerical dynasty and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, shifts the emphasis regarding ISIS away from sectarianism and towards simple terrorism:

    — while Maajid Nawaz, once a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir and now Executive Director of the anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation, re-orients “say no” to the same purpose:

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    Jenan Moussa twitterstreams ISIS rules

    Thursday, June 12th, 2014

    [ by Charles Cameron -- Jenan Moussa is a correspondent for Al Aan TV, tweeting as @jenanmoussa ]
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    Here (in my opinion) is what Twitter is good for, today’s version — Jenan Moussa twitterstreams the “ISIS rules” from Nineveh:

    and:

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    Please note that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi‘s views are no more definitive of Islam than Oliver Cromwell‘s were of Christianity — both, however, were promulgated by force of arms, and both were viewed as appropriate expressions of religious doctrine by their followers.

    Religious violence in support of puritan morality is a complex and vexatious business.

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    The ISIS flood in my twitterstream today 2: big picture

    Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

    [ by Charles Cameron -- an attempt to "curate" the onrush of news, hitting the high points on a low, low morning ]
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    I have tried to keep the tweets here limited to their own texts, with illustrations only where essential, and without “parent tweets” and other encumbrances. Even so, it’s a long read — my advice would be to take it fast, first, and then come back to click on articles and other details that look like they’re of particular interest.

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    And I’m sure a lot has happened during the half-hour or more it has taken me to put even this small selection of relevant tweets together!

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    The ISIS flood in my twitterstream today 1: borders & bulldozers

    Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

    [ by Charles Cameron -- nightmare of the cartographers ]
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    Let Yassin Musharbash have the first word:

    ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria / Sham, clearly doesn’t like the separation implied by the “and” in its name. They don’t merely want it removed as a line drawn on maps, they’re actually interested in erasing it with bulldozers…

    Aaron Zelin has the image:

    Symbolism is powerful.

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    Sykes-Picot, the Durand line — repeat after me the Gospel of Korzybski:

    The map is not the territory!

    — and when the two diverge, it’ll mostly be the territory that redraws the map.

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