This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Movements as opposed to branches and sects

Much like the familiar Christian landscape, the Islamic world is complex and groups not only move in difference directions but ‘on different levels’ as well, and we might even say ‘on difference wavelengths’ depending on the sphere of action or knowledge in question. We have distinguished between the schools of juridical thought, which deal with Shariah, and those of kalam, dealing with theology properly so-called, but both of these are somewhat distinct from broad ‘movements’ such as, for example, the Ahmadiyyah movement, which, like many such ‘movements’ is a reaction to a particular problem or phenomenon and not necessarily a school of thought within fiqh or kalam. In the case of Ahmadiyyah, the movement could be explained in some ways as a reaction against Western missionary activity. Another example would be the cases of Mahdiism, which occasionally produced sects but is not a sect itself.

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