Reports from the Islamic State

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Whether they are religious or secular in nature, ideological movements are always characterized by a very rigidly defined worldview and a utopian longing to build that one, ideal society. The problem they all face, however, is how to implement their ideals once they are in power. The tactics initially employed come down to efforts to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of the population they have conquered, but in practice these exercises soon deteriorate into suppression and violence because most people’s ideas on how things should be organized tend to differ from those of the ones in power.

In the Reports from the Islamic State (IS) series (that appeared on line in the fall of 2014), the split between ideology and practice is the central theme.ThePostOnline has come into contact with bloggers from the Syrian city of Raqqa, the would be capital of the Islamic State since January 2014. These bloggers include medical student Ibrahim al Raqqawi, who was forced to flee from Raqqa and who is now living in another place, and with Abou Mohammed who still resides in Raqqa. They are two of the people behind the website Raqqa is being slaughtered in silence. Based on the interviews with Abou Ibrahim and Abou Mohammed, this series paints a picture of daily life in IS-conquered territory, each time focusing on a different theme or issue
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2015


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