Monday, January 29, 2007

Battle Leaves 200 Members of Apocalyptic Sect Dead in Iraq

This shows that Islam is not monolithic. Just as it is difficult to say that all Chistians believe x, so it is with Islam. When you factor in extra Koranic teachings, tribal beliefs, ecstatic experiences (sufism) there can be wildly divergent beliefs. We need to keep this in mind when talking about Islam:

An apocalyptic sect, led by a man claiming to be an Islamic messiah, has been wiped out in Iraq just as it was planning to disrupt the holiest day in the Shia Muslim calendar, Iraqi officials claimed Monday.

Iraqi soldiers, backed by U.S. tanks and helicopters, concluded one of the strangest battles in four years of fighting in the country at dawn Monday morning near the city of Najaf. Read More.

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