Press review 24th – 31st October
24th – 31st October
What’s the appeal of a caliphate? – 25/10/2014 – BBC Magazine
In June the leader of the group of the Islamic State declared the creation of a caliphate stretching across parts of Syria and Iraq – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi named himself the caliph or leader. Edward Stourton examines the historical parallels and asks what is a caliphate, and what is its appeal.