Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's Abu al-Fatah al-Farghali on Minority Sects

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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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Thu, June 17, 2021 3:35 PM  |  Permalink

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

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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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Thu, June 17, 2021 9:57 AM  |  Permalink

سيرة المقاتل غسان حجازي من مرتبات فرقة قمر بني هاشم

لا تزال خلايا داعش تنشط في بادية سوريا حيث تجتهد قوات الحكومة السورية ليلاً نهاراً في تأمين المنطقة الكبيرة ذات كثافة سكانية منخفضة. وان قوات الأصدقاء لها دور مهم في عمليات تأمين البادية ومن أهم تشكيلات قوات الأصدقاء في المنطقة فرقة قمر بني هاشم. وفي هذا المنشور اود ان اوثق بشكل مختصر من اجل التأريخ سيرة المقاتل غسان محمد حجازي الذي إرتقى في البادية بتأريخ ٢٠ او ٢١ أيار عام ٢٠٢١ ميلادي.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Tue, June 15, 2021 4:32 PM  |  Permalink

The Life of Ghassan Hijazi of the Qamr Bani Hashim Division

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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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Tue, June 15, 2021 4:22 PM  |  Permalink

Mozarabic Writings: Bishop Elipandus of Toledo's Letter to Fidelis

For other writings of Bishop Elipandus, see:

. Letter to Migetius
. Symbol of the Elipandian Faith


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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Wed, June 9, 2021 3:11 AM  |  Permalink

Islamic State Editorial on Supporting Media

In analysing propaganda materials that serve the interest of the Islamic State, a distinction is generally made between the official media apparatus of the group (Arabic: al-'ilam al-rasmi) and content produced by pro-Islamic State outlets and supporters who are not part of the official media apparatus (Arabic: al-'ilam al-munasir). The editorial in the latest issue of the Islamic State's al-Naba' weekly newsletter focuses on the latter type of media, commending the munasir media role in supporting the Islamic State and its impact on continued incitement to jihad, frustrating and defying the efforts of the 'Crusaders', 'apostates' and other enemies of the Islamic State to clamp down on the voice of the munasir media. The emphasis on the importance of the munasir media comes through repeated militaristic language and comparisons to describe the munasir media role: the munasir media are no less important for the Islamic State than the military battles on the ground, they have 'invaded' and 'seized' media platforms and rendered them an 'arrow' in the 'quiver' of the mujahideen, the need for 'collective media raids' etc. The imagery and language are in keeping with the Islamic State's longstanding conception of the importance of media and propaganda in conveying its messaging and the idea that media work is a kind of jihad. The editorial also contains predictable advice on the need for those working in the media realm to be patient, close ranks, counsel each other etc.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Mon, June 7, 2021 3:39 PM  |  Permalink

Mozarabic Writings: Bishop Elipandus of Toledo's Doctrine on the Trinity

Having previously translated and commented on Bishop Elipandus of Toledo's refutation of the alleged teachings of the heretic Migetius, I thought it would be worthwhile also to translate the 'Symbol of the Elipandian Faith,' which contains a concise outline of Elipandus' own view of the Trinity. While the standard conception of the Trinity as three persons in one divinity and the equality of the persons in substance and eternity are reflected in this document, the departure that ultimately led to the condemnation of Elipandus for heresy was the idea of 'adoptionism,' which posits that Christ, in his human nature form as the son of the Virgin Mary, was the 'adopted' Son of God, contrasting with the divine nature of the Son of God in the Trinity in which there is no adoptive Father-Son relationship. With the 'emptying out' of the deity (Latin verb: exinanire) that is likened to God's appearance to Abraham apparently in the form of three men (cf. Genesis 18), the man who became the adopted Son of God made salvation possible for mankind. The point then is that if we concord with him in grace, we too can become adopted sons of God, whereas we cannot be sons of God in terms of sharing in divinity. Indeed, in the resurrection, we are similar to the Son of God in humanity of flesh and not divinity.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Mon, June 7, 2021 10:06 AM  |  Permalink

Mozarabic Writings: The Correspondence between Álvaro of Córdoba and Bishop Saul

The largest collection of writings of the ninth-century Christian layman Álvaro of Córdoba is his letters exchanged with various people. Previously on this site I covered Álvaro's exchange of letters with Eleazar, a convert to Judaism. Now I turn to a later set of letters exchanged between Álvaro and Saul, who served as the bishop of Córdoba during the time of the affair of the martyrs of Córdoba and was imprisoned by the Muslim authorities in response to the rise of the martyrs movement.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Mon, May 31, 2021 8:26 PM  |  Permalink

The Islamic State's Imposition of Zakat in West Africa

It has become customary for us to say at this point that the Islamic State no longer controls territory as it did at the height of its power in 2014-2016 in Iraq, Syria, Libya and West Africa, and that the primary image of the group at this point is as a globalised jihadist insurgency whose reach has extended from central and southern Africa all the way to east Asia. However, this picture does not mean that the authority of conventional states against the Islamic State insurgencies is uniform throughout the areas where these insurgencies operate. Where the Islamic State affiliates feel that they have sufficient leeway, they do in fact try to impose various aspects of governance on local populations in keeping with the group's ideological conception of itself as the caliphate (i.e. a state project) and the prior realisations of this project on the ground.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Fri, May 28, 2021 5:57 AM  |  Permalink

القدامى العراقيون الذين قاتلوا في سوريا: مقابلة مع <<أبو مجاهد الربيعي>>

شارك الكثير من المقاتلين العراقيين في الحرب بسوريا دعماً لقوات الحكومة السورية ومنهم المقاتل <<أبو مجاهد الربيعي>> وكان لي الشرف ان اجري مقابلة معه في الفترة الأخيرة بخصوص عمله الجهادي وسيرته الذاتية. واليكم المقابلة كما جاءت بالإضافة إلى بعض الصور التي وزدني بها.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Wed, May 26, 2021 7:43 PM  |  Permalink

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