If Mordor was a Political Islamist Dystopia, and Isengard was typically equivocal ‘middle line Realpolitik’ kingdom of ‘moderate political Islamism’ and/or ‘post-Islamism,’ what would you do?
Would you advise Saruman to wield the ring against Sauron?
Or would you insist that the ring is too much of a temptation, and the long perilous road to Ered Gorgoroth must be fearlessly trodden without flinching?
What does Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings have to say about this one?
First published on Gulag of the Pomocaliphate, a journal I used to run on Medium.