Happiness in the proximity of faith and death

[ by Charles Cameron — the emotional impact of faith, from a nun present at the Normandy attack to a failed suicide bomber in Syria ] . According to this IB Times article, Tragic last words of Catholic priest killed by Isis terrorists revealed, Sister Helene Decaux, one of the nuns who was present at […] Read more »

Jabhat breaks from al-Qaida

[ by Charles Cameron — and al-Jolani is dressed to kill ] . An insightful DoubleQuote in the Wild: Abu Muhammad al-Jolani's new outfit is clearly intended to reflect Osama bin Laden's. Not Baghdadi's black outfit pic.twitter.com/W82WdVKQdn — Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) July 28, 2016 As Shakespeare puts it, the apparel oft proclaims the man. ** […] Read more »

A brief Trump policy statement & book-length question in response

[ by Charles Cameron — also a tweet asking for a DoubleQuote & getting one ] . As so often, Part I of this post is a somewhat playful teaser for Part II, which is where my real interest is to be found. Part I, then, is about someone inquiring about two tweets Donald Trump […] Read more »

Review: The Rule of the Clan

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] Rule of the Clan by Mark Weiner I often review good books. Sometimes I review great ones. The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom  by Mark S. Weiner gets the highest compliment of all: it is an academic book that […] Read more »

Islamic State vs Saudi Arabia — Cole Bunzel’s new paper

[ by Charles Cameron — contextualizing IS in terms of KSA, Abd al-wahhab and the Prophet, also an interior / eternal aspect of the “end times” ] . Cole Bunzel, speaking with Charlie Rose ** As a poet, I keep my eyes peeled for the superposition of opposites in a small space. John Donne‘s great […] Read more »

New Book ! Global Radical Islamist Insurgency

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] Torn from the pages of Small Wars Journal….. Global Radical Islamist Insurgency: al Qaeda and Islamic State Networks Focus Vol. II 2012-2014  edited by Dave Dilegge and Robert Bunker New and looking to be very useful. Right up the alley for our own Charles Cameron and friends of ZP blog […] Read more »

On the horrors of apocalyptic warfare, 1: its sheer intensity

[ by Charles Cameron — first in a series of four posts on the central theme of a proposed book ] . In a previous post, I introduced my work on a book proposal concerning Coronation: The Magic and Romance of Monarchy. The second book proposal I’ve put together, which is also currently in the […] Read more »

On the horrors of apocalyptic warfare, 2: to spark a messianic fire

[ by Charles Cameron — it’s what we won’t notice that can blindside us ] . al-Malhamah al-Kubra, the great end-times battle ** To recapitulate: in my previous post I suggested that “apocalyptic, end-of-days” movements are qualitatively different by virtue of the immediacy of their divine / transcendant mandate. Richard Landes sums the matter up […] Read more »

Comparative martyr photos for Ibn Siqilli

[ by Charles Cameron — Muslim and Sikh memorial photos have similar aesthetic & emotional appeal ] . I’ve long been interested in the death photos used in AQ and IS propaganda, several of which Chris Anzalone [aka Ibn Siqilli] has documented, eg: Al-Zubayr al-Sudani, as featured in the AQC-produced video series “Wind of Paradise“ […] Read more »

Sceenius: Y2K and a universal graphical mapping language

[ by Charles Cameron — a mental long-jump, following Sceenius: the macro in micro, Nepal ] . It’s a stretch, I know, and whether it will prove a useful leap or not I have no idea — but for the record, this detail from slide 8 of the Sceenius promo caught my eye, offering a […] Read more »