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ISIS has no legal or moral right to call itself a caliphate

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 05:50

WHEN the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi caliph, it sought to take advantage of an idea that has a prominent place in Islamist thought, as well as significant popular legitimacy in the Muslim world.  The institution of the caliphate dates back to

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