Notes Towards an ISIS Primer

Here is a modest collection of articles that have been useful to me in trying to think through the problem of ISIS specifically, terrorism more broadly, in the wake of the attacks in Paris last weekend. With the atmosphere becoming increasingly warlike in the West it is absolutely crucial to get at the historical, religio-philosophical, and geopolitical complexity of the situation rather than sink into a convenient and comforting “Us vs. Them” narrative that will only cost more lives and ultimately solve nothing.


What ISIS Really Wants – The Atlantic

The Islamic State Wants You to Hate Refugees – Washington Post

To Defeat ISIS We Must Call Bot Western and Muslim Leaders to Account – The Nation

What I Discovered from Interviewing ISIS Prisoners – The Nation

Wikipedia Entry on Wahhabism