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October 28, 2005



Interesting, I did not know Qaradawy was behind Islamonline. The idea of a virtual Caliphate is quite fanciful given the multiplicity of fatwa sites and the kind of pluralism of authority they generate (as the article says, this is ultimately based on "traditional" religious authority, but no consensus/caliphate there either). Islamonline may be a forum for a more civic public Islam but its concerns don't seem to be that different from the standard fare of many immigrant mosques and Islamic Societies in the West, i.e. Palestinian solidarity and advice on the minutiae of "Islamic" behaviour. I wonder how qualitatively new it is.

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