Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Mozarabic Writings: Letter of the Bishops of Spain Supporting Adoptionism

June 23, 2021  •  aymennjawad.org

For other writings of the Elipandus corpus, see:

. Letter to Migetius
. Symbol of the Elipandian Faith
. Letter to Fidelis


The following letter is included in the section of Bishop Elipandus of Toledo's writings contained in Juan Gil's Corpus Scriptorum Muzarabicorum but is actually written in the name of the 'unworthy and poor praesuls' of Spain (i.e. bishops of Spain), addressed to their counterparts further north in Europe. It is however apparent that Elipandus was one of the contributors to the letter. The letter is a detailed defence of the doctrine of Adoptionism, and urges its audience to disregard Beatus' attacks on Adoptionism.

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Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's Abu al-Fatah al-Farghali on Minority Sects

June 17, 2021 at 3:35 pm

With the ongoing debate as to whether the West should engage with Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (the main insurgent group controlling Idlib and its environs in northwest Syria), an issue that is likely to be of some importance is the group's stance towards minorities in Syria, such as the Alawites, Druze, Shi'a and Christians. One way to gain insight on this matter is through the pronouncements of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's Abu al-Fatah al-Farghali, an Egyptian Shari'i official in the group who regularly opens up space for people to ask him questions online. I decided to ask for rulings on the Druze, Shi'a and Christians (as it happens, his answer on the Shi'a also covers the Alawites) and feature the questions and answers in this post in translation.

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Interview with Bilal Abdul Kareem on His Arrest and Imprisonment by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham

June 17, 2021 at 9:57 am

Readers will remember that I previously conducted an interview with the American-born media activist Bilal Abdul Kareem on the general situation in northwest Syria (Idlib and its environs) in February 2020, at a time when Syrian government forces backed by Russia were launching an offensive on the area, displacing large numbers of people. Bilal was subsequently arrested and imprisoned by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)- the main insurgent organisation in control of Idlib and its environs- in August 2020. The group then announced his release in February 2021 in a statement issued via its media relations office.

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The Life of Ghassan Hijazi of the Qamr Bani Hashim Division

June 15, 2021 at 4:22 pm

The Islamic State insurgency continues to pose problems in the badiya area for Syrian government forces seeking to secure the vast and sparsely populated desert. Iranian-backed forces, including the Qamr Bani Hashim Division, play a notable role in trying to secure the badiya. Here, I wish to document the life of a recent 'martyr' for the Qamr Bani Hashim Division: Ghassan Muhammad Hijazi, who was killed in late May 2021.

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The Administrative System of Zakat (Documents and Translation)

June 14, 2021  •  Islamic State Archives

Islamic State
Diwan al-Zakat

The System of Zakat in the Islamic State

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

First: The nature of the administrative system followed and the relations between the Diwan and the wilayas.

– The system followed is quasi-centralised for the Diwan draws up the general policies and defines the principles of work and oversees their implementation by means of a delegate for the head of the Diwan in every wilaya coordinating between the head of the Diwan and the official of the centre in the wilaya who is appointed by the wali by mutual agreement with the head of the Diwan.

The centre in every wilaya is composed of:

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