Young Middle East Muslims See ISIS as Distorting Islam

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Three-quarters of young Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa view extremist groups, such as the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda, as entities that distort the religion of Islam and its core teachings, a new survey has found. The poll, conducted by Zogby Research Services, commissioned by The Futures Initiative at the Abu…

Almost 70 percent of those polled in the UAE and 50 percent in Morocco said “corrupt, repressive, and unrepresentative governments” were the main recruiting factors for men and women joining such groups. Other factors cited by the polling group in its results include extreme religious education as well as poor levels of education.