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Is religion the primary motivation and recruitment behind ISIS?

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is a terrorist militant organization seeking to establish itself as state and as a self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate. Under the ideology of Salafism, a conservative interpretation and movement of Sunni Islam, and describing its efforts as a jihad, many point to how religion is at the core of ISIS. However, many others argue that the Islamic State's primary motivations are more political, using religion as a veil to increase its legitimacy and as a recruitment strategy.

Yes, religion is the primary factor.

ISIS has revolved itself as an organization and movement around an Salafist interpretation of Islam.

People join ISIS for clear religious goals

The Islamic State's ultimate goals are centered around returning to the ideals of Salafi/Wahhab Islam. Explore

ISIS fighters join because they believe in Islamic Jihad

The Islamic State's recruitment strategy has drawn Muslims internationally to fight in the name of Islam. Explore

No, politics, not religion, is the primary factor.

ISIS uses religion as a medium for advancing its goals which are political at heart.

ISIS fighters are motivated by wider political battles between Saudi Arabia and the West

The reasons people join are typified by the ongoing political battles between Saudi Arabia and the West. Explore

Joining ISIS is often based on personal circumstances and motivations

Potential ISIS fighters are driven to being recruited and radicalized by personal motivations, not religion. Explore
This page was last edited on Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 13:03 UTC