What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic


Reposting from a politics forum I frequent.
(Basically, saving, so I can read again later.)

EDIT: This one has been particularly enlightening, showing ISIS’ “medieval” mindset.

EDIT II: (excerpt) ” Their skepticism is comprehensible. In the past, Westerners who accused Muslims of blindly following ancient scriptures came to deserved grief from academics—notably the late Edward Said—who pointed out that calling Muslims “ancient” was usually just another way to denigrate them. Look instead, these scholars urged, to the conditions in which these ideologies arose—the bad governance, the shifting social mores, the humiliation of living in lands valued only for their oil.

Without acknowledgment of these factors, no explanation of the rise of the Islamic State could be complete. But focusing on them to the exclusion of ideology reflects another kind of Western bias: that if religious ideology doesn’t matter much in Washington or Berlin, surely it must be equally irrelevant in Raqqa or Mosul. When a masked executioner says Allahu akbar while beheading an apostate, sometimes he’s doing so for religious reasons.”

It goes on to talk about ISIS bringing back slavery,…

Just chilling stuff.

Modern Islam — like modern Judaism and Christianity — has evolved beyond what ISIS want to take it back to.