Dr.Boukhar's lecture on radical Islamist groups was definitely very interesting. There is so much in the news and all over the media about radical islamist groups such as ISIS and these groups give a bad name to the muslim religion when they really have nothing to do with it. Most of the world and certainly most of the U.S. are ignorant to the true basis of Islamic religion and since the only news they hear is of radical groups and terrorism, thats what comes to mind when they think of Islam.
I have of course heard of ISIS through the news and social media, but I like most people do not know much about it's ideology.
I have always known that the U.S. played somewhat of a role in the creation of these radical groups, since the invasion in 2003 caused so much discord in the middle east. What i did not know is that ISIS started as the direct result of the 2003 invasion in Iraq. Many people believe that ISIS is just an extreme representation of Islam, but in reality it is a group with their own idea of what Islam should be. ISIS thrives on the unrest and convolution of societies in the middle east because it recruits members from the margins of society who feel like they are being persecuted and discriminated against by government. ISIS claims that they speak on behalf of the Sunni's because in many countries, although Sunni's are the majority, they feel displaced and persecuted. As Dr.Boukhar said "Sunni's are a majority but have a minority complex", this is a very confusing position to be in and creates a breeding ground for ISIS recruits. When Sunni's in various countries are discriminated against and there is a lack of state and political power behind them, there is a vacuum for power that ISIS fills. ISIS feeds off of sectarianism. Without the marginalization of Sunni Arabs they would not have a growing growing army.
This was certainly an interesting thing to learn. I did not know where ISIS found its supporters and now it makes sense to me, praying on the weak and the people who have no sense of connection to their society who are more likely to look for other ways of belonging.