ISIS: In the Name of Power, Politics, and Propaganda

Armed movements and insurgent groups in the Islamic world, the latest variant of which is ISIS, have often been understood and represented as being motivated by Islamic scripture and doctrine. This paper challenges the idea that ISIS is motivated by Islamic doctrine and argues that ISIS have a clear-cut political and communicative agenda that they use Islam to legitimise. Conceptualising ISIS’ actions through this political and communicative framework is essential to understanding and responding to its activities, appeal and influence.