Re: Temporal and spiritual authority, East and West
I'm not sure; do you guys think this is related, or is it a tangent?
Chapter 11 (iii) dwells on the British fears concerning the declaration of jihad by the then-reigning Caliph. The jihad never really took off, though, and British anxiety seems to have been misplaced.
So what does that say about the assertion, made in the previous chapter, that political and religious authority were both vested in the Caliph?
And fast-forwarding a bit, has the situation changed such that the declaration of jihad is taken more seriously by modern Middle Eastern Muslims, or is the current state of terrorism mostly the result of more effective weapons technologies falling into the hands of the minority that does respond to such declarations?