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Al-Qaeda 2.0A Critical Reader$
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Donald Holbrook

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190856441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190856441.001.0001

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Friday Prayers and Sermon in the Grand Mosque of Mosul

Friday Prayers and Sermon in the Grand Mosque of Mosul

July 2014

The “Islamic State”, featuring Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, presented as “Caliph Ibrahim”

(p.147) Friday Prayers and Sermon in the Grand Mosque of Mosul
Al-Qaeda 2.0
Donald Holbrook

Cerwyn Moore

Oxford University Press

On 4th July 2014 ‘Al-Furqan’, one of the media outlets used by ISIS, published ‘exclusive coverage’ of a Friday sermon delivered by the organization's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the Grand Mosque in Mosul. It was with this confidence and sense of purpose, that the leadership of ISIS declared at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan that it was establishing a worldwide Caliphate which would be called the Islamic State. Al-Baghdadi, the group announced, was to become Caliph Ibrahim, commander of the faithful. As he greeted worshipers at the Grand Mosque, he presented the Caliphate’s creation as a divine mission which all believers would be obliged to support. The split from Al-Qaeda could not be clearer or more public, the rejection of al-Zawahiri’s authority could not be more stark. The two separate jihadi entities were no longer just competitors locally, embroiled in the turmoil in Syria, but engaged in a global confrontation, vying for the hearts and minds of the same constituency.

Keywords:   Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS, Islamic State, Mosul, Caliphate

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