Mehdi Hasan: How Islamic is Islamic State? ~ MEHDI HASAN, New Statesman, 10 MARCH, 2015.
The conventional wisdom suggests a violent reading of the Quran is at the heart of Islamic State’s political violence – but it’s wrong.
It is difficult to forget the names, or the images, of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, Alan Henning and Peter Kassig. The barbaric beheadings between August and November 2014, in cold blood and on camera, of these five jumpsuit-clad western hostages by the self-styled Islamic State, or Isis, provoked widespread outrage and condemnation.
However, we should also remember the name of Didier François, a French journalist who was held by Isis in Syria for ten months before being released in April 2014. François has since given us a rare insight into life inside what theAtlantic’s Graeme Wood, in a recent report for the magazine, has called the “hermit kingdom” of Isis…
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