She is almost entirely fictitious—so why are some people so keen to believe otherwise?
Despite claiming responsibility for attacks like the one in London, the group is dying. It will retain the ability to inspire.
How to challenge Islam while defending its adherents
The trope posits an overly simplistic understanding of jihadist radicalization, and demeans Muslims in general.
Trinidad has the highest rate of Islamic State recruitment in the Western hemisphere. How did this happen?
The debate over Islam’s role echoes earlier arguments about ideology in human affairs.
The sinister narcissism of ISIS and its lone-wolf emulators
Dying for a cause—minus the cause
One theory holds that such attacks are a response to territorial losses. But maybe there's no strategy behind them at all.
How the man behind the Danish cartoons crisis thinks about free speech, 10 years on
Why are so many ISIS recruits ex-cons and converts?
Is martyrdom about the afterlife? Or fame in this life?
ISIS’s countercultural appeal is real. And it must be taken seriously.
The Paris attacks showed how even fringe appeal to a “microscopic minority” can do massive damage.
Is it possible to stop terrorism before it happens?
Somewhere in Europe, a man who goes by the name “Mikro” spends his days and nights targeting Islamic State supporters on Twitter.
“We have breakfast, we smoke, we laugh, we joke, we eat again, and after that in the night we have a try [at escaping to England]. Every night.”
What Westerners migrating to ISIS have in common with Westerners who sympathized with communism
It’s an important question. But is it the best one to be asking?
Jihadists are often portrayed as brainwashed dupes. They're not.