Holy Mobilisation: The Religious Legitimation behind Iraq’s Counter-ISIS CampaignReligious Foundations of Political Violence
Following the capture of Mosul and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s historic caliphate proclamation in 2014, media outlets were only far too eager to spread overtly fatalistic scenarios painting the imminent “end of Iraq.” Nevertheless, within four years’ time, an unprecedented surge of volunteers has managed to reverse the tide. Marching...
05 Dec 2018
Beyond ISIS and Al-Qaeda: The Long Tail of Global Islamist ViolenceReligious Foundations of Political Violence
One of the key questions on analysts’ lips since the near-territorial defeat of the self-declared ‘caliphate’ across Iraq and Syria has been ‘Who will be the next ISIS?’. Prognosis has ranged from an exodus of cornered foreign fighters to far flung theatres, to a resurgent al-Qaeda retaking the reins...
29 Oct 2018
Understanding the drivers of radicalization among SyriansReligious Foundations of Political Violence
Introduction Long considered a moderate Muslim country, Syria has become one of the world’s most radicalized conflict zones. Despite its peaceful and political origins, the civil-war has allowed Daesh and likeminded violent radical groups to turn the country into a recruiting ground and operating base. The significant local and...
24 Sep 2018
Religious Foundations for Political ViolenceReligious Foundations of Political Violence
Although it is on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq that the destructive capacity of political violence driven by religious dogma is most apparent, the impact of soteriological narratives have become apparent across the world. The contours of power continue to be recast across the Arab world, which has...
30 Aug 2018