‘What I Discovered from Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters’

In a vivid new piece for The Nation, Lydia Wilson, a Senior Fellow at the GC's Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, recounts her experience interviewing imprisoned ISIS fighters.
 
“Many assume that these fighters are motivated by a belief in the Islamic State… that fighters all over the world are flocking to the area for a chance to fight for this dream,” writes Wilson.

“But this just doesn’t hold for the prisoners we are interviewing. They are woefully ignorant about Islam and have difficulty answering questions about Sharia law, militant jihad, and the caliphate.”
 
Wilson is a research fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at the University of Oxford, as well as a senior research fellow and field director at Artis International. She edits the Cambridge Literary Review.

Submitted on: OCT 23, 2015

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