On Daa'ish: Religion, Politics, and History (More Than Mere Trivia)

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    The lede on Daa'ish acknowledging the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has for the first time confirmed the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and named his successor.

    An IS outlet announced on the messaging service Telegram that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi was the group's new leader and "caliph".


    (BBC↱)

    And commentary via Twitter:

    Of course he's named al Qurashi.

    No, seriously: His name is Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi, and just take the moment to consider what else in all the Universe it could possibly be. There's only one name missing, and that, really, would be pushing it.

    At the intersection of religion and politics, history provides an answer to why Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi is so obviously the name for the new wannabe caliph.

    Really, it's nearly a perfect name, such that the only name missing really does seem beyond the pale.

    Meanwhile, I should note, there is a paragraph in the BBC report—

    With the name "al-Qurashi", the group also made clear that he claims to be descended from the Prophet Muhammad's Quraysh tribe - something generally held by pre-modern Sunni scholars as being a key qualification for becoming a caliph.

    —but this goes way beyond that; it's every word of his name.
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    Notes:

    British Broadcasting Company. "Islamic State group names its new leader as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi". BBC News. 31 October 2019. BBC.co.uk. 31 October 2019. https://bbc.in/334uMgz
     

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