Culturalism and the rise of the Islamic State: faith, sectarianism and violence

  title={Culturalism and the rise of the Islamic State: faith, sectarianism and violence},
  author={Tim Jacoby},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={1655 - 1673}
  • Tim Jacoby
  • Published 2017
  • Political Science
  • Third World Quarterly
Abstract This paper looks at the ways in which culturalist discourses have influenced our understanding and representation of the rise of the so-called Islamic State. It argues that, in keeping with older narratives on the motives of ‘bad’ Muslims, its political and economic objectives have been overlooked and/or downplayed. Instead, I propose, there has been a strategically efficacious focus on its appeal to Islam, on its sectarian rhetoric and on its use of violence. By continuing to… Expand
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