Shiite Iraqi Scholar Jawad Al-Khoei: ISIS Violence Is Rooted in Islam; Christians Were the Owners of This Land, Muslims Their Guests

Shiite Iraqi scholar Jawad Al-Khoei, co-founder of the Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue, said that ISIS is deeply rooted in Islam and that “when [violence] dons the cloak of religion, it is a hundred times more evil.” He said that whether violence will remain in the region “depends on our determination, our resolve, and the will of our rulers.” Talking about the need to include Christianity and the Yazidi faith in the religious curricula in Iraq, Al-Khoei said that the Christians were “the owners of this land, and the Muslims came here as their guests.” The interview aired on BBC Arabic on March 5.