They have no idea that opposition to the establishment of Israel (and to Zionism), is deeply rooted not in Pan-Arab Nationalism (which was a fleeting episode), not in Palestinian National Identity (which is also of more recent vintage), but in almost 1400 years of Muslim Religious Law and Lore. They don’t ‘see’ that Islam, from the days of Muhammad, sought to redeem the world by bringing all of mankind through God’s Law, as vouchsafed to Muhammad and his followers in the Qur’an and its attendant literature. This redemption could be achieved by missionizing, but it was usually attained by conquest. Hence, in classical Muslim Law (shari’ah), the world is divided between the ‘House of Islam’ (Dar al Islam) and the ‘House of War’ (Dar al Harb, that which is yet to be part of the former). Furthermore, and for our purposes more crucially, once territory has been amalgamated into the Dar al Islam, it may never be alienated therefrom. If Muslim territory were to fall into non-Muslim hands, it becomes the sacred responsibility of every Muslim to restore that territory to the Dar al Islam. This is a principled and consistent religious position. In contemporary, geopolitical terms, that means that Greece, Albania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Slovak Republic, Western China and parts of Russia represent theological (and not simply political) challenges. Above them all, however, looms the dream of redeeming not only Falestin, both also Al-Andalus (i.e. Southern Spain). It’s a dream that is openly discussed in the Islamist (and large portions of the Islamic) media.
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