Salafi-jehadism and its cohorts

Print edition : October 14, 2016

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This image grab taken of the leader of the Islamic State was released on July 5, 2014, and shows him at a mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Photo: AL-FURQAN MEDIA/AFP

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He headed the Islamic State's ideological and organisational ancestor, the Al Qaeda in Iraq. He was killed in a U.S. air strike on June 7, 2006. Photo: U.S. Military/AP

Two books attempt to explain the apparent contradiction between Islam’s precept and its practice in the context of the wanton destruction and violence being perpetrated in its name.
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