- The "Star Wars" epic is at least as Islamic as the militant group ISIS, writes H.A. Hellyer
- Hellyer argues that the films reflect the notion of religious authority in Sufi Islam
- He says the character of Yoda, for example, is a Sufi master or guide for Luke Skywalker
H.A. Hellyer is a non-resident fellow at the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution's Centre for Middle East Policy, and International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London. Follow him on Twitter @hahellyer. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer, who is not so secretly a Jedi, but also moonlights as a Trekkie.
(CNN)On Monday, the UK government formally announced that "Star Wars, Episode VIII," would begin shooting at Pinewood Studios.