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al-Mahdi is "the rightly-guided one" who, according to Islamic Hadiths (traditions), will come before the end of time to make the entire world Muslim.  Over the last 1400 years numerous claimants to the mantle of the Mahdi have arisen in both Shi`i and Sunni circles.  Modern belief in the coming of the Mahdi has manifested most famously in the 1979 al-`Utaybi uprising of Sa`udi Arabia, and more recently in the ongoing Mahdist movements (some violent) in Iraq, as well as in the frequently-expressed public prayers of former Iranian President Ahmadinezhad bidding the Mahdi to return and, in the larger Sunni Islamic world, by claims that Usamah bin Ladin might be the (occulted) Mahdi.  Now in 2014 Mahdism is active in Syria, as the jihadist opposition group Jabhat al-Nusra claims to be fighting to prepare the way for his coming; and in the new "Islamic State/caliphate" spanning Syrian and Iraqi territory, as its leadership promotes the upcoming apocalyptic battle with the West at Dabiq, Syria.  This site will track such Mahdi-related movements, aspirations, propaganda and beliefs in both Sunni and Shi`i milieus, as well as other  Muslim eschatological yearnings.
For a primer on Mahdism, see my 2005 article, "What's Worse than Violent Jihadists?," at the History News Network:; for more in-depth info, see the links here to my other writings, including my book on Mahdism.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Number 3 with a...Blade: My Islamic Beheading Article

The area studies journal Middle East Quarterly recently quantified their most-read articles over the publication's 22-year history, going back to 1994.  My 2005 piece "Beheading in the Name of Islam" came in at a quite respectable number 3! 

Islamicartbeheadingbiggerjpeg.jpg "That's it, Ja`far--step INTO the swing of the blade.  The spine severs so much easier that way.  Allahu Akbar!" 

If you're interested in learning more about Muslim decapitation, both theological theory and praxis, consult my new books Ten Years Captivation with the Mahdi's Camps (which deals with, for example, ISIS's apocalyptic beheadings) and Sects, Lies, and the Caliphate (wherein the more mundane, albeit Muslim, aspects of the phenomenon are examined). 




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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Islamic End Game

Yesterday I was interviewed for an hour by Dr. Michael Lake on his Christian radio show "Kingdom Intelligence Briefing." The topics were Islam in general, its eschatology, and the clash of civilizations between Islamdom and the rest of the world--primarily Christendom.  Dr. Lake was a knowledgeable, polite and articulate interviewer, and let me say some things that probably did not endear me to his audience. One of my major points was that we Christians--Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Orthodox, non-denominational, whatever--must work together, at least politically (and, indeed, militarily), over against Islam if we hope to survive (as per pp. 118-126 of my newest book Sects, Lies, and the Caliphate). 


Speaking of "Kings and Queens"--if if you've never done so, check out Aerosmith's song of that title, which in my opinion is their best.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Leadership Lessons from ISIS Caliph al-Baghdadi

Don’t play second fiddle (well, actually don’t play music at all); when the CEO is given his golden houris, by the Board or infidel Special Forces, grab his ring of power without hesitation.  

Set up a brick-and-mortars (or whatever artillery you can lay your hands on) shop; don’t rely only on an online presence, and/or one consigned to the geographical margins like Mali or Pashtunistan.  

On the flip-side of#2: don’t be bound by history, especially that imposed on you by others—be they modern European imperialists, Elders of Zion or Crusaders. Think outside the box; hell, erase the box if you and Allah so desire.  

Be forward-thinking; in fact, lean so far forward that you can tell people you already know The End of the story—and it’s all good (except for the infidels).  

Don’t be afraid to make heads roll.  Literally.  

Have the nicest watch in the entire caliphate—or at least in important venues like Execution Staff meetings, slave-pen reviews and, especially, the mosque when you’re delivering the Friday khutbah.  


Diversify your revenue streams:  the caliph does not live by oil alone, but by smuggling, antiquities trafficking, ransoming hostages and zakat from supporters.  That Rolex won’t pay for itself.  

By all means, allow the younger workers to engage in (at least the illusion of) reverse mentorship—as long as they keep the jihad going and the heads rolling.  But when push comes to explode, don’t hesitate to let them know who’s divinely-guided.  

Make sure consumers, supporters and especially victims know your foundational ideology.   As we say in every issue of our award-winning magazine, Dabiq, once the opposition (Zionists, Crusaders, Safavis, fake supporters) is allowed to define you to the public, you’ve lost the battle—no matter how many Cross-worshippers you crucifiy to get your Islamic bona fides across.  So get out ahead of that curve.   

Invest in a beard.   This is one time when size does matter.  Just make sure no one mistakes you for a Zionist rabbi, Saruman or, even worse, that Billy Gibbons infidel.   

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Jamkaran Mosque near Qom, Iran (during my trip there Aug. 2008)

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