Journal article

ISIS and the Caliphate

Riaz Hassan

Australian Journal of Political Science | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2016

Abstract

Opinions abound on the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, the violent extremist Sunni militia which has swept aside the hapless Iraqi and Syrian armies and succeeded in controlling a vast swath of territory with a population of eight million in northern and western Iraq and eastern Syria. It controls Mosul, the second largest city of Iraq, along with a string of other smaller cities including its proclaimed capital Raqqa in northern Syria. It has announced the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate based on Salafism, a puritanical form of Sunni Islam with close theological links to Saudi Arabian Wahhabism. Salafism seeks to idealise and emulate the virtues, piety and practic..

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