The problem with the Banu Qurayza Legend is that it doesn’t need to be technically true: it has been promulgated by both the opponents and proponents of Islam and discussed into having a global life in the intellectual reality of those interested in this region of Jihad / anti-Jihad conflict.

The story of Safiyah garners similar attention.

The citing of the assassinations of competitor poets — another layer down in the layers of anti-Jihad / anti-Islam screed online — works the same way.

Intellectual integrity should not be pitted against political or social loyalty, but as much becomes a feature of feudal life in which the rule of the strong by coercion and main force trumps the rule of law.

Compound this by-the-sword image of Islam with Baghdaddi’s studied emulation of what he apparently believes to have been both the appearance in method of the spread of Islam at its inception.

What’s Out There — or around us when polls are taken — “shimmers” and whether the reality comes to something like 12 percent (or less) “Islamist” or 80 percent (or so) sympathetic or unyielding in the rejection of culpability for any wrong done in the name of Islam, the legends, true or not, fit with the portion of a violent reality on display across the al-Qaeda-type groups and Hezbollah operations (and Khamenei’s Shiite-associated wars-by-proxy).

Source of the bounce: Fatah, Tarek.  “Face reality: Many Muslims support ISIS.” Toronto Sun, June 16, 2015:

In the last week of May, the Qatar-based Arabic news network Al-Jazeera polled its Arabic-language audience on the question: “Do you support the victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in your region?”

The results were shocking. Of the 56,881 Arabic-speaking respondents, a whopping 81% voted yes.

On this blog, “Shimmer” has long addressed this issue involving the definition of the challenge in its open conflict aspect, and the piece has been updated from time to time.

Additional Reference

Arlandson, James M.  “Muhammad’s Dead Poets Society: The assassinations of satirical poets in early Islam.”  n.d. — An American Thinker article associated with the piece, so the piece claims, appears absent at its URL (“not found”) online; the piece has also been addressed by Bassam Zawadi on the “” blog.  (Perhaps the best way out of the Punch-and-Judy cycle is to give it a look, at best, and not get into it in the first place).

Ladadwi, Abdullah.  “The ‘Caliphate’ of al-Baghdadi – Announcement from Syrian Scholars.”, “09/07/2014”: “These events need to be leant the full consciousness of every individual, and bring forth new responsibilities on scholars and analysts wherever they may be. Remaining silent or looking for excuses is no longer an option, but rather it is now incumbent upon everyone to speak the truth like never before. / The invalidity of this ‘Caliphate’ can be seen from a number of angles . . . .”

Regarding the Syrian and Syrian-Iraq theaters, BackChannels’ view has been that the troika Putin-Assad-Khamenei, in the interest of sustaining feudal absolute power in their respective quarters (and promoting it in the greater world as well), perverted a mild “Arab Spring” people’s challenge to the Assad regime into a grand piece of political theater (theater of the real, for sure) that might be titled, “Assad vs The Terrorists”.  The method used was to bomb deeply noncombatant targets while not bombing the assembling of al-Qaeda-type groups developing in the countryside (reference on BackChannels “The Doctor, the Eye Doctor, and Me” (February 2014); on the web and in Newsweek, “U.S. Accuses Assad of Aiding ISIS Through Airstrikes” by Lucy Westcott, June 2, 2015).

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