Tom Holland: Saying ISIS Has Nothing to do With Islam is ‘Wishful Thinking’

Despite ISIS using the “most brutal” reading of the Koran imaginable, that doesn’t invalidate it, or make them un-Islamic, he says. Indeed, he says ISIS are doing Islam ‘by the book’: “The grim truth is that sanctions can be found in the Qur’an, in the biographies of Muhammad and in the histories of early Islam for much that strikes the outside world as most horrific about the Islamic state”.

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