The Inevitable Caliphate? A History of the Struggle for Global Islamic Union, 1924 to the Present by Reza Pankhurst Reviewed by Mahan Abedin The subject of the Islamic caliphate elicits intense emotions and reactions. On the one hand Western elites have a propensity to reduce the subject to a debate on extremism and radicalization, and on the other they dismiss it altogether as an impractical dream pursued by eccentric ideologues. Even in academia the subject is often treated as an abstract idea – and by extension an unattainable goal – and consequently dismissed as undeserving of serious and sustained debate. It is … Continue reading The Coming KHILAFAH?