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Dr. Reidar Visser
This article deals with the ideological framework ('aqīda) of the ‘Islamic State’ (IS). It examines
both the group’s way of legitimizing its establishment by using certain Islamic conceptions of authority and the dichotomies within which the group positions itself, its adherents as well as opponents.