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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Underlying unity

People in the West tend to view Islam not only as a geographical island somewhere in the Middle East, but also as a doctrinal monolith, and so we will first examine to what extent this is true before we delve into the more obvious ways in which it is not.

First, we should point out that although there is truth to the idea of an underlying unity in the Islamic world, this is not usually what Western journalists or politicians have in mind when they write or speak. Rather, they ignore the historical and mundane type of unity, which is the real heart of Islamic community and doctrine, and select those details or aspects of the Islamic world that are the most controversial and violent. For example the Arab-Israeli conflict is in the news all the time, and whatever is true about that conflict, which may or may not ever be conveyed by the papers, the impression one gets is that whatever is said about Islam in these stories is what goes to form the general image of Islam for the average Western person. Needless to say this is grossly inaccurate, for reasons that we’ll outline below. For now, however, let us set aside what is actually reported about Islam in the news and briefly mention what truly does give unity to the whole Islamic world.

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