This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
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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Two extremes of the spectrum

When Shiite Islam moves to the extreme, it tends to adopt an exclusively esoteric outlook, unsupported by the exoteric framework necessary to any spirituality. One characteristic of this tendency is the divinization of Ali or another imam at the expense of the Prophet and the rest of his message. Examples of this are not hard to find: we have the Aliallahi of Iran, who divinize Ali, and the Druze in Lebanon and Syria who consider the seventh Fatimid caliph a divine incarnation.

On the other end of the spectrum, when we come to ‘radical Sunnism’, what we tend to see is a rejection of esoterism, which usually results in hostility not only to Shiites but to Sufis especially, and a disdain for any form of kalam, in favor of observance of the Shariah and a strict, literal interpretation of the Koran. Wahhabism is a popular case of ‘extreme’ Sunnism.

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