De-legitimising Al-Baghdadi’s ‘Caliphate’

By Ahmad Saiful Rijal Bin Hassan, RSIS Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses Volume 9, Issue 11 | November 2017 Introduction On 29 June 2014, the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group declared the establishment of a caliphate after having captured large swathes of land in the greater Levant. Five days later, the group‟s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi1 appeared for the first time delivering a sermon at the Great Mosque in Mosul, Iraq. He called on Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to him, after proclaiming himself as the new caliph for them. Baghdadi‟s self-proclamation was received with consternation and derision throughout the Muslim world. Prominent Muslim leaders and scholars…