Blood and Tears in the Name of God: A Comprehensive Analysis of ISIS’ Justifications for the Use of Violence and Exploitation

By: Jorge Rosario-Cintron

April 22, 2023

Spring 2023 Student Symposium: REWA Minors

Religiously fueled terrorism is tragically commonplace in the modern world. Throughout the years, groups like ISIS have raised themselves to infamy through their indiscriminate use of violence and hateful ideologies. However, the fuel and justification behind these atrocities is not always examined to the fullest extent. Most of the time it is chalked up to “a radicalized form of x or y religion.” My project argues that there are various streams of underlying strategic justification that motivates the different facets of these groups’ members and followers. The argument is supported in interpretation of propaganda and manifestos.


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