ISIS Declares Statehood in Iraq & Syria

Monday, June 30, 2014

The extremist Sunni militant group ISIS has declared itself an "Islamic state" or "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria. The announcement came over the weekend on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

Is this a PR strategy by ISIS? Or is this a turning point that takes us back to the early rise of Islam after the death of the Prophet Muhammad back in the 7th century?

Here to discuss its significance of the announcement by ISIS is Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Hofstra University.


Hussein Rashid


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Ed from Larchmont

Sadly, it's all very real.

Jul. 01 2014 08:09 AM
Raza from San Carlos, CA

Excellent interview with Prof. Hussain Rasheed on the ISIS ambitions of a Califate. The guest made excellent points about the history of Islamic Califate and the lack of understanding that ISIS has about it. Prof. Rasheed is however, wrong in suggesting that the mosque and the state were separated during the times of the the first Califs after Prophet Mohamad. For example the 2nd Calif, Umar issued repeated Fatwas changing the practice of religion, including changing the rituals of Haj, Ramadan prayers, banning of temporary marriage, etc. To a lesser degree though even the first Calif Abu Bakr also issued edicts to modify the practice of the religion eg changing the rules of Zakat (Islamic tax). The split between the Shia and Sunnis is based on those edicts. The sunnis follow the fatwas issued by those early califs, while Shias refuse to incorporate those fatwas in their practice of the religion.

Jun. 30 2014 07:25 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

ISIS to hire PR firm

Jun. 30 2014 06:07 PM

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