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Monday, October 31, 2016

Life inside the Caliphate ain't all sunshine and rainbows. - 'Dissent in the Islamic State'.


Life inside the Caliphate ain't all sunshine and rainbows. - 'Dissent in the Islamic State'. (ctc.usma.edu). HT :Tracterrorism.

No one can reasonably expect any jihadist organization to be a total monolith in outlook among members, and the Islamic State is no exception. The idea of dissent in the Islamic State is foremost associated with the issue of takfir (declaring people to be non-Muslims, even those who self-identify as Muslim). Indeed, the group’s application of this idea has been publicized both in propaganda as well as in leaked material. However, the Islamic State’s championing of takfir is not without its criticisms.

Some critics are extreme, even going so far as to proclaim takfir on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Others are less virulent in their response and are reluctant to fight people they see as fellow Sunni Muslims, especially other jihadis in groups like Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (previously known as Jabhat al-Nusra). This reluctance to fight flows in part from their hesitancy to accept the doctrine of takfir as espoused by the Islamic State. Read the full story here.

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