Extremist violence continues to claim thousands of lives every year, while extremist propaganda and indoctrination prey on the frustrations of the disenfranchised.
In recent years, why is it that some individuals have resorted to terrorism as the only means to fight what they perceive to be injustice? Are these people pathological? Are they illiterate? Ignorant? Do they have abnormal personalities? Are they economically deprived?
Daesh, the Arabic acronym for “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or ISIS, is a politically motivated group seeking to change the international system through violence.
Terrorists blatantly manipulate the religion of Islam in an attempt to justify acts of violence and terror. When we deconstruct their warped logic and the unauthentic sources used to justify their desire for power, control, and bloodshed, we see that the ideologies of these groups contain some serious flaws.
Extremists use religion as an ideology because religion is a powerful motivating factor that binds people of different backgrounds in a common cause. RRG provides an overview of how and why Daesh misuses religion to not only justify their actions, but also to attract people to join.
Below are the eight core Islamic concepts that Daesh distorts to form the basis of its twisted ideology.