Vice: The Islamic State

Pre watching video questions:

Using the internet, define the following terms. (remember to use check-list to measure the credibility of the site in which you take your information)

infidel

apostate

sharia law

caliph

caliphate

martyrdom

jihad

Post video questions:

1.  What parallels can be drawn between any of the totalitarian states we have studied and what is seen in the video you just watched.

2. What is promised to those who commit jihad and become martyrs?

3.  What is curious about the interview answers given by the people being held in IS prisons?


 Read the following article and answer the following questions:

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

1.  What differences does Graeme site between al-Qaeda and ISIS?

2.  Graeme states that ISIS believes that we are living in ‘end times’ and are close to the apocalypse.  How do they believe that the apocalypse will be ushered in?

Read the following passage for the article and answer the questions below:

In the past, Westerners who accused Muslims of blindly following ancient scriptures came to deserved grief from academics—notably the late Edward Said—who pointed out that calling Muslims “ancient” was usually just another way to denigrate them. Look instead, these scholars urged, to the conditions in which these ideologies arose—the bad governance, the shifting social mores, the humiliation of living in lands valued only for their oil.

Without acknowledgement of these factors, no explanation of the rise of the Islamic State could be complete. But focusing on them to the exclusion of ideology reflects another kind of Western bias: that if religious ideology doesn’t matter much in Washington or Berlin, surely it must be equally irrelevant in Raqqa or Mosul. When a masked executioner says Allahu akbar while beheading an apostate, sometimes he’s doing so for religious reasons.

3.  How much do you think the Islamic faith is responsible for the actions of ISIS?  Explain.

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