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Submitted by Malcolm (Israel), Jul 22, 2014 at 08:21

So here is a further comment. It is correct that nobody likes ISIS and it can hardly survive indefinitely. But If we look at the medieval history of the area, we find that it was ruled by a succession of dynasties that nobody else liked very much. Nevertheless, they survived for a century or two. That is more comfort for great-grandchildren than for us.

Incidentally, several of those dynasties used Persian as their court language, even when they were of e.g. Turkic origin. (Hence the influence of Persian on Ottoman Turkish, including Arabic words via Persian.)


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Daniel Pipes replies:

On your second paragraph, seehttp://www.danielpipes.org/9123/islamist-turkey-secular-iran

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