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Is Islamic State really Islamic?

Graeme Wood has written extensively, and influentially, on Islamic State. Does he really believe that it is "very Islamic"—and that preachers are wrong in the way that they oppose it?

By Nabeelah Jaffer  

A man carries the flag of Islamic State. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Prospect Composite.

In the last two weeks, the UK has faced two terrorist attacks: 22 people were killed in Manchester by a British-Libyan suicide bomber, and then, on Saturday night, seven people died on or near London Bridge. Soon after the atrocities, social media accounts linked to Islamic State (IS) were gleefully claiming responsibility—and there have been reports that the attackers were, indeed, inspired by IS ideology. In trying to work out what the motivations of the terrorists are,…

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