South Africa’s liberal democratic government allows religious groups to be active in the country’s politics.As a result, Islamist While South Africa has a history of Islamist-inspired violence dating back to the 1990s, the country has remained on the periphery of current Islamist activity.: Abu Bakr, one of Mohammed's followers and the first Muslim caliph ("prophet's successor"), quells upheavals throughout Arabia and declares war on the Roman (Byzantine) and Persian (Sassanid) empires : The Umayyad caliphate of Spain collapses and Muslim Spain splits into the Taifa kingdoms (including Sevilla, Toledo, Saragossa, Granada but also city-states ruled by Arab, Berber and even Slavic soldiers) : At the death of Fatimid caliph Mustansir his vizier Badr al-Jamali installs Mustansir's younger son Ahmad al-Mustali as new caliph instead of the older son Nizar , while the Nizari Ismahilis start a new branch of Shiite Islam : Muslim scholar Ibn Tumart of the Masmuda Berber tribe, a followerd of al-Ashari who claims to be the mahdi, launches the al-Muwahhidun/Almohad movement in Algeria ruled by a Council of Ten that rebels against Almoravid rule : The Mamluks of Egypt (Turkish "military slaves") overthrow the sultan and install a woman, Shajar al-Durr, widow of a former sultan, as the new sultan, thus terminating the Ayyubid dynasty and starting the Mamluk dynasty, and she is forced to marry Izz al-Din Aybak and abdicate to him after just 80 days, while the Syrians under al Nasir reject her authority and declare their independence and obtain Jerusalem : Hulegu's Mongols destroy the Abbasid caliphate of Baghdad (killing 800 thousand people including the last Abbasid caliph), conquer Persia, Mesopotamia and Syria and establish an Ilkhanate with capital in Baghdad : The Ottomans depose Egypt's governor Ismail and replace him with his son Tawfiq while Ahmed Orabi/Arabi founds the Egyptian Nationalist party and leads a revolt against the Ottomans and European interference in Egypt : Abdul al-Aziz ibn Saud, at the head of a bedouin army, conquers Riyad and begins to unite south of Arabia (both through military action and marriage with 20 women) under the puritanical Wahabi Islamic order : Husain (Hussein), sharif of Mecca (north Arabia) and founder of the modern Hashimite dynasty, sponsored by the British, leads a revolt against the Ottoman Empire, while Britain and France secretely agree to divide the Arab lands of the Ottoman empire : Feisal Hussein, King of Iraq and Syria (then the only recognized Arab leader in the world), agrees to the creation of a Jewish nation in Palestine and executes a treaty with Jewish leader Chaim Weizmann (Palestine) : the British install Faisal, third son of Sharif Hussein of Mecca, brother of Abdullah of Transjordan, as king of the newly created state fo Iraq that is 80% Arab (more Shiite than Sunni, with Sunnis dominating government and army), 15% Kurdish (Sunni) and 5% Assyrian (Christian) : Egypt declares its independence from Britain under Fuad I and a secular constitution is proclaimed to create a parliamentary monarchy, the Wafd party wins a majority of votes but Britain maintains political control : Hassan Al-Banna creates "Al-Ikhwan Al-Moslemoon" (Muslim Brotherhood) in Egypt, a quasi-monastic movement that advocates for the entire Arab world a fundamentalist Islamic society like the one created by the Wahabites in Arabia and therefore advocates rebellion against the westernized Egyptian government : Hassan Al-Banna creates in Egypt "Al-Ikhwan Al-Moslemoon" (Muslim Brotherhood), a quasi-monastic movement that advocates for the entire Arab world a fundamentalist Islamic society like the one created by the Wahabites in Saudi Arabia and therefore advocates rebellion against the westernized King Faruk government (motto: "Quran is our lawjihad is our waydying in the way of Allah is our highest hope") : There are 950 thousand Arabs, 460 thousand Jews and 120 thousand Christians in Palestine, with 150 thousand Jews living in Tel Aviv, the only purely Jewish city in the world, while the London conference attended by Egypt, Iraq, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Jewish groups fails to find a solution : Syria (2.5 million people) and Lebanon declare independence from France under respectively Shukri al-Kuwatli and Bishara al-Khuri, but Lebanon has to divide its government among Maronite Christians (presidency), Sunni Muslims (prime minister), speaker of parliament (Shiite Muslim) and chief of army (also Maronites) : on the same day that Israel declares its independence, five Arab countries attack Israel from all sides (Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq), and Transjordan annexes the West Bank changing name into Jordan and more than doubling its population overnight : Irgun terrorists led by Menachem Begin attack the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem killing more than 100 people and a few days later Arab retaliate by killing 70 Jews of the Hebrew University : An exodus of Palestinians and prime minister David Ben-Gurion's ethnic cleansing cause a decrease in the population of Arabs within the borders of Israel to 170 thousand and the creation of Palestinian refugee camps outside the borders of Israel : The first Arab- Israeli war ends with Israel winning west Jerusalem and small pieces of landoccupying 78% of Palestineand with 750,000 Palestinians displaced out of a pre-war population of 1.3 million : Husni Zaim seizes overthrows the corrupt president, appoints himself prime minister and bans political parties in Syria, but he is soon arrested and executed by general Sami al-Hinnawi, who is in turn ousted by colonel Adib Shishakli : Libya becomes independent under king Idris of the Sanusi Sufi order with the capital alternating between Tripoli and Benghazi to reflect the rivalry between Tripolitania and Cyrenaica/Barqa and with a population of less than one million : A coup removes the corrupt Lebanese president Hishara al-Khuri and installs Camille Shamun, beginning an economic boom that relies on oil pipelines, oil refineries and banking in one of the freest societies of the Middle East : Abdul al-Aziz dies and is succeeded by the eldest of his 35 sons, Saud, as king of Saudi Arabia, a country that still has no constitution, no parliament and no parties and whose government is mainly run by the Saudi family and by the Wahabite family : president Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt nationalizes the Suez canal to pay for the construction of the high Aswan Dam, thereby becoming the first Arab leader to confront the West and the father of Arab nationalism : Inspired by Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, Iraqi officers led by brigadier Abdul-Karim Qassem/Qasim overthrow the Hashimite monarchy (king Faisal II and his uncle are impaled and dismembered) and proclaim a republic : North Yemen's imam Ahmad dies and is succeeded by his son Muhammad al-Badr but Abdullah al-Sallal seizes power in a coup, and the two start a civil war, with Badr helped by Saudi Arabia and Sallal helped by Egypt : After Egypt expels UN peacekeepers from the Sinai and closes the Red Sea to Israeli ships, and Arab countries ammass troops at the Israeli border, Israel attacks and in six days wins a third war against the Arabs, and occupies the lands of the Palestinians (Gaza Strip and West Bank) as well as the Sinai peninsula and the Suez Canal : Arab countries ammass troops at the Israeli border and Israel launches a pre-emptive strike (third war) against its neighborsand in seven days re-conquers the Sinaithe Gaza strip and even the Suez canal in Egyptinvades the Golan Heights in Syriathe West Bank and East Jerusalem in Jordan.The whole of Jerusalem is now under Israeli control."They're going to have to reach out and reconcile with the Sunni population and make them feel like their government in Baghdad represents them."Iraqis expect an increase in terror attacks in urban centres, particularly Baghdad, as the group reverts to its insurgent roots, the New York Times reports.There is also a fear that many IS fighters have "simply put down their guns" and blended in with the civilian population.Six years ago, a rebellious but apolitical teenager scrawled a message on the wall of his school in southern Syria.With the so-called Arab Spring unfolding - ousting authoritarian leaders Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt - giggling 14-year-old schoolboy Naief Abazid wrote: 'It's your turn, Doctor Bashar al-Assad'.
Given the nation’s history of political violence, it faces a continued risk of Islamist-inspired violence.
In a war which has now lasted longer than the Second World War, more than 400,000 people of all ages have been killed, and tens of thousands of children have lost one or both parents.
'It's your turn, doctor': The anti-Assad graffiti scrawled on a school wall in Daara that angered authorities so much that 23 schoolboys were rounded up and tortured in a move which sparked protests across Syria.
After Zarqawi's death in 2006, AQI created Islamic State in Iraq (ISI), an umbrella group weakened by US troops and the creation of Sahwa councils by Sunni Arab tribesmen.
Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai - known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - became leader in 2010 and rebuilt IS's capabilities.