The Appeal of ISIS Is Political, Rather Than Religious

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The Appeal of ISIS Is Political, Rather Than Religious
Violent jihadist groups such as ISIS do have a strongly articulated political vision—conveyed through a mixture of religious edicts and/or a social messaging that stresses redemption, adventure and excitement.

Since 9/11, there has been a trend of referring to terrorist attacks as “new terror,” which falsely and unhelpfully severs current acts from the longer history of political violence. There has been considerable discussion too about whether the current terrorism of jihad is a new phenomenon. Conversations revolve around its locus in increased religiosity and divine…