In this article I would like to present a small chapter of the book written by the Tunisian writer Nadjia al-Wazami Bu ‘Adjila, who teaches at the University of Tunis, entitled “al-Islam al-Khariji” in English translation.
For months I had not even dared to write about the small sect of the Kharijites because many people in Islamic circles mention the Khariji sect as the anticipator of the “takfir” ideology perpetuated by ISIS today. They would like to link ISIS to this small group at the beginning of Muslim history, even if ISIS today is something completely different. To some it seems to represent Iraqi and Syrian Sunni Islam as a whole, even if beyond the curtain it is the opposite.
I am convinced that introducing an interesting historical analysis of the Khariji women and their military, political and social involvement in early Islam will make these scholars reconsider their position. It will help them understand that ISIS is an absolutely post-modern, pseudo-political, and anti-religious construction. It is positioned on the new-imperialist chess board the Middle East has become since 1948. On the same basis, Zionist Israel can be defined as an anti-Jewish nation based on apartheid, colonialism, militarism, occupation, and linked with neo-colonialist actors in the Western nations.