A Koran, AK-47, and Playboy

For Somalia, Chaos Breeds Religious War
Jeffrey Gettleman, NY Times, May 23, 2009

Do you see what I see?

Michael Kamber for The New York Times
Michael Kamber for The New York Times

Many Somalis say that the Sufi version of Islam, which stresses tolerance, mysticism and a personal relationship with God, is more congruent with their traditions than the Wahhabi Islam espoused by the Shabab, which calls for strict separation of the sexes and harsh punishments like amputations and stonings.

“We have jihad, too,” said Sheik Omar, a tall man with a long beard and warm eyes. “But it’s inner jihad, a struggle to be pure.”

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