17 May 2017

Historian Tom Holland traces the origins of Isis’ barbaric and sadistic violence which it claims is rooted in Islam’s scriptures.

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Travelling from Europe to North Africa, he examines the roots of Isis’ interpretation of notions such as jihad and caliphate; he investigates why different religious minorities have been persecuted in different ways by ISIS and he questions whether the group’s ideology is in part a reaction to a westernization of Islam that dates back to the days of Napoleon.