Aug 19, 2017 Last Updated 1:02 PM, Aug 8, 2017

What ISIS Really Wants

What ISIS wants

Does the "Islamic State" really have a theological agenda?

In his thought-provoking cover story "What ISIS Really Wants", published in the March 2015 issue of The Atlantic magazine, journalist Graeme Wood investigates the ideological roots of the so-called Islamic State and argues:

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse.

The article has sparked considerable debate:

Salon
The Atlantic’s big Islam lie: What Muslims really believe about ISIS

Brookings Institution
Enough about Islam: Why religion is not the most useful way to understand ISIS

The New Yorker
The Clash of Civilizations That Isn’t

Slate
Why ISIS Isn’t Medieval

Washington Post
What ISIS really is: Sham Muslims, real criminals


Graeme Wood responds:

The Atlantic
A survey of reactions to The Atlantic's cover story—from think tanks to jihadist Twitter

Center for Strategic and International Studies
Roundtable discussion (video)