How does ISIS justify violence? Tracing the complex roots of its policy of brutality.

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Isis has shocked the world with its fundamentalist terrorism, which it claims is justified by the tenets and scriptures of Islam. But can philosophical truths be found in its doctrines of jihad?

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ISIS: Origins of Violence on BBC Select

In this brave film, English historian Tom Holland explores the tensions between Islam and Western secularism and asks tough questions about the roots of Islamist violence.

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