Establishment of the State

The death of the “father” of the Islamic State could have prevented any further progress. However, by existing in an environment of persistent threats, mujahidin terror groups have become adept at regrouping and replacing lost leaders. The death of Zarqawi did not stop the work of the Mujahidin Shura Council and it acquired a new […]

History without history

Values of Modernity – Rationalism and Capitalism For people living in the so-called Western societies, characterised by democracy, individual liberties, self-determination and rights, as well as a soft yet tireless pressure of political correctness that wears down any rough spots to a slimy shine, it might indeed come as a surprise that there are social […]

Apotheosis of hyper-communication

Almost 90 years ago, on 18 April 1930, the evening news segment of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) consisted of a single announcement – there is no news. Nothing newsworthy had happened in the entire world. The rest of the news segment was filled with music.[i] While it is possible that nothing of note transpired […]

Barracks and madrasas in Egypt

Nasser’s Pan-Arabism The centre of power of the Arab world in 1950s was Egypt under the rule of Gamal Abdel Nasser. He rose to power in 1952 when a group of army officers led by Nasser and Mohamed Naguib mounted a coup and ousted king Farouk. Four years later Nasser stepped out of the shadows […]

Political Islam and Muslim Brotherhood

Military jihad and militant Salafism are by no means ageless political movements. On the contrary, they are relatively recent and are preceded by another politically active social movement — the Muslim Brotherhood, which emerged and prospered from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire in Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century. The founder of […]