The ‘Un-Islamic’ State? A Closer Look at ISIS’s Islam

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Since the U.S. announced its plan last month to conduct airstrikes against the group that calls itself the Islamic State, the consensus among Western politicians has been that the group is not Islamic, nor is it a state…

“It’s important for political leaders to try to distance the actions of a perverted few from the reputation of a great tradition, particularly a tradition like Islam; its very name means peace,” Mark Juergensmeyer, professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara tells Here & Now’s Robin Young.

However, Juergensmeyer says that like it or not, the Islamic State is Islamic.

“There is a dark side to every religious tradition,” Juergensmeyer said…

Juergensmeyer says there are comparable strains of radical terrorist organizations of the Christian tradition, such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda…

I would call him an apologist. The KKK is a very marginal group, possessing no respectability whatsoever. The Lord’s Resistance Army never existed outside an area in Africa — it never attracted young people from other places. Not comparable.

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