Islam’s civil war between medievalists and modernisers

The Paris attacks are the culmination of a 200-year-long battle over how Islam should respond to the rise of Western power

The latest terrorist attacks in Paris serve as a grim reminder that the threat of global terrorism is unlikely to end until the resolution of the civil war of ideas between Muslim modernisers and those adhering to an outmoded theology of Islamic dominance.

Just as the post-9/11 war against al-Qaeda degraded Osama bin Laden’s group but gave rise to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), extremist Islamist ideology will likely give birth to “Terrorism 3.0” once the world has fought, contained and eliminated Isil. Security will return only after the widespread embrace of pluralism by Muslims and the defeat and marginalisation of the idea that Muslims cannot move in an orbit set by another.

  • Minicapt

    The modernisers lost the game back in AD1100. And the ‘medievalists’ are those who are the true Mohammedans of today.


    • Clausewitz

      Where’s Pasha Gordon when you need him?

    • You are right. There was a feeble last-chance attempt at modernization of Islam in the 19th Cent. under Western influence, but it failed miserably. The Muslim Brotherhood was the backlash to that, and it won completely.

  • Xavier

    If the medievalists are armed and modernisers are not, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion. It takes a lot of necks to wear out a sword.

  • Reader

    The real battle within Islam is whether their new caliphate should be run by the Arabs, the Persians or the Turks, and which subset within in each group vowing for power shall dominate.

  • Ed

    Lets encourage the modernizers. But in the meantime, I don’t want to play muslim roulette. Is that guy rushing toward me intending to give me a Trudeau sized hug or plunge a blade???

    Till they sort it out, keep them out.

    • Ed

      Oh, and this first cousin marriage thing… that’s not good.

  • Blacksmith

    Civil war? I do not see any supposed modernist muslims fighting the so called medievalist. I call BS! There are only pisslamist and enablers. They all must go.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The difference between them is the difference between fully reclined and fully upright in the cheapest coach seats on an airliner.

  • Achmed

    There is no radical or moderate Islam, no medieval or modern Islam.
    There is only Islam. All else are apostates and kafirs.