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Why Does The ‘Islamic State’ Feel Threatened By Sufism?

Sufi dancer

By Peter Gottschalk, Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University. On Feb. 16, 2017, a bomb ripped through a crowd assembled at the tomb of a Sufi saint, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in southeastern Pakistan. Soon thereafter, the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. In recent times, such attacks have targeted a variety of cherished sites and…

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