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ISIS – The Inside Story – by Martin Chulov

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/11/-sp-isis-the-inside-story?CMP=share_btn_fb In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq. He was nervous as two American soldiers led him through three brightly-lit buildings … Continue reading

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Enough about Islam: Why religion is not the most useful way to understand ISIS – by J.M. Berger

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/order-from-chaos/posts/2015/02/18-enough-about-islam-berger#.VOe6ADL3WVU.twitter A new article about ISIS in The Atlantic has reignited the perennial debate over the relationship between jihadist terrorism and the religion of Islam. The article, by Graeme Wood, repeatedly emphasizes the “Islamic” in Islamic State, calling out what … Continue reading

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From a Private School in Cairo to ISIS Killing Fields in Syria – by Mona El-Naggar


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Women as tools: on the selective fetishization of female resistance fighters – by Roqayah Chamseddine

http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/22050 The fetishization of women during times of war, especially women in combat, can be argued as being a reification of patriarchal power; the patriarchal view of female violence as being a demonstration of chaos reimagined as tolerable and even … Continue reading

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America still clueless about Islam?

by Amer Zahr from the CivilArab The events of the past couple weeks have confirmed something we Arabs and Muslims have known for some time: America is still clueless about Islam. Now, I’m a Palestinian Arab Christian Muslim American. My parents … Continue reading

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I Understand Why Westerners Are Joining Jihadi Movements Like ISIS. I Was Almost One of Them

Regarding the news about ISIS in which its members are represented as non-human, I think it’s important to look on the other side and try to understand why Westerners are joining them in fact. From Alternet By Michael Muhammad Knight … Continue reading

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Why Iraq is not a sectarian conflict

Great article by SOAS graduate Sofia Patel on YourMiddleEast.com “It is an over-simplification to refer to IS as ‘Sunni insurgents’” Last week, the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) officially declared the establishment … Continue reading

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