Page 8, 20th August 1937

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People: Transjordan, Ghazi
Locations: Jerusalem, Baghdad

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The Divisions of Islam and the Danger

But even the Arabs of Iraq arc far from being united in spirit with those of Palestine. Apart from the ruling class in Baghdad itself, they mostly belong to the Shish sect, while the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and his party arc Sunni. and that religious cleavage goes very deep. And the Grand Mufti is opposed within his own sect on family grounds by the partisans of the Emir Abdullah of Transjordan, uncle of King Ghazi of Iraq.

It is only on a very few occasions in history that the Moslem world has been able to transcend these sort of divisions even for a few years, and unless it can transcend them it Sounds more formidable than it is. Moreover, once Moslem Turkey moves, under Kemal Ataturk, in the orbit of Soviet Russia rather than of Islam. It will be when the rest of Islam goes that way that Christendom will have cause to fear it again.




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