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Book Review: "The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State"

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Michot does not deny jihad or "a false tolerance, along Sufi lines, which pretends that the borders of the religion are fuzzy." Better advice to jihadis is "to shut up and tough it out" if they are unhappy with their Muslim leaders, even if it means going to jail, as Taymiyyah did. It was Taymiyyah's follower, Ibn Abd al-Wahhab that selectively picked what he liked of Taymiyyah's writings to create his rigid, intolerant doctrine. Only in the 1960s was a full edition of his fatwas compiled, now available online.

Review of Wood's The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State
Part II Imperial Blowback and Bad Theology

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