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ISIS: A Cultural and Historical Perspective

ISIS: A Cultural and Historical Perspective

Episode 20
September, 2014

The militant organization called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is grabbing front-page headlines and disrupting the global landscape. Host Ed Leon is joined by Professor Mark Berkson, Professor of Religion, to discuss ISIS, their history, and their goals. Learn why ISIS calls itself a caliphate; the source of their wealth and power; and whether their goal of a pan-Islamic state is achievable. What can the global community do to prevent ISIS from gaining more power?

In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Professor Mark Berkson explain the history of ISIS as an offshoot of al-Qaeda;
  • the reasons why ISIS is stronger than other terrorist groups; and
  • what—if anything—the United States can do to stop ISIS.

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