A careful study of the first caliphate (632-661 C.E.) demonstrates that the ISIS caliphate launched by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in Iraq is a non-starter. A viable Islamic caliphate would most certainly abolish the kingdoms of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, and Morocco, the emirates of United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Oman, and the autocratic governments of Egypt, Syria, and Sudan.
See the proposed map of the ISIS caliphate. A caliphate started by an ordinary warrior carries no weight with the Arab aristocratic families and no legitimacy with most Arab theologians, who see the Islamic caliphate as Allah’s gift granted exclusively to the Quraysh tribe of Prophet Muhammad. A universal caliphate open to all Muslims of all ethnicities from Morocco to Indonesia (See the first commentary) to hold supreme office of the caliph is a heresy that very few theologians are likely to accept as a viable paradigm.
ROBERT STEELE: This is quite interesting and the kind of cultural analysis that the US Government is simply not capable of doing. From all that I am reading a major attraction for ISIS joiners is income — jobs — meaning. All of the governments and most especially the governments of the USA and Europe have failed to be responsible about creating a prosperous world at peace, and have made the mistake of supporting dictators and despots abusing their publics, instead of being committed to elevating public health and education. Eventually I believe the dictators and despots will fall, and the individual publics will find their own solutions that will focus on public well-being rather than — as you so ably suggest — a failed ideology with no cultural depth. Excellent thought-provoking article, thank you.