Islamic State and its predecessors in Iraq have become famous for their violence, even more than their jihadist rival, al-Qaeda. IS is personally brutal while al-Qaeda has typically engaged in mass-atrocities in the past and, more recently has become much less active. There is a deep antipathy between the two, even though they at one time claimed to have merged into a single movement. This lecture is about how the two organisations differ in their attitudes to religion, authority and the purposes of armed revolution and how this is put into effect by violence.
Associate Professor Richard Pennell is al-Tajir Lecturer in the History of the Middle East and Islam in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne.When
Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 7:00 pm
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West