SSridhar wrote:Agnimitra wrote:The current Saudi crisis may be part of the process of shuffling the Sunni Ummah to better fit the envisaged place and order of each actor in the Caliphate. The Saudi generational faultline is the opportunity to effect the reshuffle. Important to watch would be where Turkey (white sultans), Saudi (moneybags) and Pakistan (footsoldiers) fall in this scheme of things. More interestingly, worth watching where the Jordanian Hashemite pedigree monarchy ends up relative to these, since they have been the traditional safekeepers of the Hijaz and the one's to better fit the ideal descriptions. Pakistan's imbalance is bound to be temporary, as a result of this reshuffling of the Ummah and its props.
Agnimitra, all those four players have (or have had) ambitions of heading the Caliphate. Opportunistically, any two of them may combine with each other to eliminate influence of the other two. Anyway, that discussion is beyond this thread except to the extent of Pakistan's role.
The elephant in the room is AmirKhan, whose 'insha' is necessary to facilitate any reshuffle of the god-ordained pecking order. Of all the 4, it appears that Turkish Gulenism is nearest to the Khan, in terms of, both, networks and vision. Might be useful to begin to differentiate the subtle competition between Turkish Islamism and Saudi Islamism within Af-Pak. Gulenists already have grassroots networks in N. Afghanistan and Pakhtunkhwa.