The And The Islamic State Essay

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To understand ISIS, one must first learn their values and motives that is behind their organization. ISIS or The Islamic State is completely rooted in Islamic beliefs. This does not mean all muslims are in support of ISIS. There are two main Islamic groups. The Shi’a and the Sunni. “Though the comparison is imperfect for a number of reasons, it can be helpful to think of Shi’a Islam as being analogous to Roman Catholicism, and Sunni Islam as being analogous to Protestantism.”(Stern, Berger p.260) The emphasis on Islam of the Shi’a is on formalization and institutionalized religious authority. To become a religious scholar of the Shi’a you must be proficient in many subject such as law, theology, and philosophy. Once the student completes this course of study in a satisfying manner, he is permitted to become an official member of the community of religious scholars. Sunni Islam is less centralized and hierarchical. There is no formal titles that distinguish the rank of one scholar to another. This gives way to individuals with very little formal education to rise up through the ranks and become both a prominent and influential religious leader. The Sunni Islam 's also want to establish The Caliphate ruled by Sharia law. A Caliphate is an Islamic State led by a caliph. A caliph is a political and religious leader who is a successor of the prophet Muhammad. Sharia law is extremely strict, women would not be able to go outside of the home unless it was a necessity and she…

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