In the years since ISIS has grown to power, the question that has been raised many times is, what do they want? The usual answers of money, status, and power just don’t seem to be it. Graeme Wood seems to think he has found the answer and it is in sacred texts, teachings and folklore if early Islam.
- What do these people [ISIS] want? The usual answers — money, power, status — do not seem to suffice.
- I often found myself wondering how useful all this [ISIS] theology really is.
- Describing the ISIS group as essentially a bunch of religious fanatics strikes me as simplistic.
“The most novel aspect of Wood’s book is that he shows, convincingly, that the stifling and abhorrent practices of the Islamic State are rooted in Islam itself — not mainstream Islam, but in scriptures and practices that have persisted for centuries.”