Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Latin Translations of the Qur'an: A Brief Intro

August 28, 2014 at 11:47 pm

[NB: All translations from Latin and Arabic here are my own]

The Western experience of translating the Qur'an dates back nearly 900 years, beginning with one Robert of Ketton in the 12th century CE. The translation had been organized in Christian Spain as part of a wider Arabic-Latin translation project by Peter the Venerable (of the Cluny Abbey in eastern France), who wrote in a letter in Latin to Bernard of Clairvaux Abbey (also in France) regarding the endeavor vis-à-vis Islamic texts:

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The Islamic State's Educational Regulations in Raqqa Province

August 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm

As has been apparent for some time, Raqqa city serves as the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS), where new aspects in governance are tried and tested, including the most brutal aspects of it such as crucifixion of those accused of planting IEDs (executed first, then hung on a cross). Likewise the education system in Raqqa has seen a number of regulations imposed by IS, most notably gender segregation in schools and the obligation for schoolgirls to wear hijab beyond the fifth year of primary education (age 10/11). The latest statement below indicates a clear ideological framework for the regulation of content of education.


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Jamaat Ansar al-Islam: Denial of Allegiance to the Islamic State: Translation and Analysis

August 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

To recall, Jamaat Ansar al-Islam (JAI) is a jihadi group operating in Iraq (with a branch that expanded into Syria) espousing the ideology of reviving the Caliphate. Traditionally though the group has been at odds with the Islamic State (IS) and its prior incarnations because it does not accept IS' claims to be a state and caliphate, but instead, like al-Qa'ida, reduces IS to jamaat ad-dawla (group of the state). The two groups have clashed multiple times in Iraq, including in Mosul and Kirkuk governorate, where JAI has traditionally had a substantial presence. More recently, the IS-led takeover of Mosul with the subsequent assertions of IS power has led many members of JAI in the city to pledge allegiance to IS- something undoubtedly facilitated by ideological overlap. However, that does not mean JAI has been completely subsumed under IS as some pro-IS sources have been claiming, refutation of which is the purpose of this latest statement.

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Jaysh al-Mujahideen Iraq Statements: Clashes with the Islamic State: Translation and Analysis

August 26, 2014 at 10:16 pm

To recap briefly, Jaysh al-Mujahideen is a Salafi nationalist grouping with anti-Shi'a sentiment and revolutionary aims. However, the group's tensions with the Islamic State in al-Karma (eastern Anbar province), where the group has had a strong presence from the beginning of the revitalised Sunni Arab insurgency this year with good links with local tribesmen, have been simmering for a while. For instance, in May, allegations arose that IS was attempting to gain a monopoly on commodities going in and out of al-Karma so that locals would be forced to buy fuel and food from IS. Further, Jaysh al-Mujahideen disapproves of IS on a broader ideological level for 'ghuluw' ('extremism'). For example, see the most recent prior statement, which, though not calling out IS by name and primarily intended to denounce notions of forming a new 'Sahwa' to fight IS, probably takes an indirect swipe at IS in mentioning rejection of 'extremism' and takfir (declaring others who profess to be Muslim to be non-Muslims).

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Naqshbandi Army Statement- 24 August: Analysis and Translation

August 26, 2014 at 6:35 am

Intro and Analysis

The latest Naqshbandi Army (JRTN) statement reaffirms many prior JRTN messages, including the stress on the necessity of 'revolution', rejection of federalism and any other projects regarded as 'dividing' Iraq, accusing the government of being behind displacements of members of Iraq's various sects, destruction of shrines etc. There is still no indication of any intention of a plan to confront the Islamic State (IS) on a broader scale despite the distancing from IS' actions against minorities and heritage sites.

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