The Genealogy, Ideology, and Future of ISIL and its Derivatives

Islamic Societies Review, November 2015

8 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2015

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Ahmed Souaiaia

University of Iowa; University of Washington

Date Written: November 16, 2015


The organization known today simply as the “Islamic State,” or by its Arabic acronym, Daesh (English, ISIL), has historical and ideological roots that go beyond the territories it now controls. These deep roots give Daesh confidence that it will succeed in dominating the world, but give others reasons to believe that it will fail in controlling even a single nation. Mixing puritan religious and political discourses, ISIL managed to dominate all other armed opposition groups in conflict zones (Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya) and has inspired individuals in many other countries (Egypt, Pakistan, France, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia) to carry out brutal attacks in its name.

Keywords: ISIL, Daesh, Civil War in Syria, Salafism, Saudi Arabia and terrorism

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Souaiaia, Ahmed, The Genealogy, Ideology, and Future of ISIL and its Derivatives (November 16, 2015). Islamic Societies Review, November 2015, Available at SSRN:

Ahmed Souaiaia (Contact Author)

University of Iowa ( email )

314 Gilmore Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1097
United States

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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