Muslims who call the Islamic State un-Islamic are typically, as the Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on the group’s theology, told me, “embarrassed and politically correct, with a cotton-candy view of their own religion” that neglects “what their religion has historically and legally required.” Many denials of the Islamic State’s religious nature, he said, are rooted in an “interfaith-Christian-nonsense tradition.”The Atlantic article contains a good video interview with Graeme Wood.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Why liberal secular Muslims can never tell you what ISIS really wants and why liberal Christians will never understand this
Graeme Wood, "What ISIS Really Wants" (Atlantic: March 2015):
[Hat tip to JM]