Islamic State Used ‘Islam for Dummies’ to Train Recruits

Breitbart: The Associated Press published a report on Monday, compiled from court testimony and interviews with former ISIS fighters, that painted a dim picture of the Islamic State’s recruits. The early waves, in particular, were so clueless that some of them had to order Islam for Dummies from Amazon.com to brush up on the religion.

That juicy little tidbit is, naturally, the basis for the AP’s headline: “Islam For Dummies: IS Recruits Have Poor Grasp of Faith.” However, only two recruits from Britain were that unclear about the concept of jihad. 70 percent of early recruits claimed to have “basic” knowledge of sharia law, while 24 percent described themselves as “intermediate” students of the Islamic legal code, and 5 percent “advanced.” This would suggest only one percent of the people ISIS roped in were largely ignorant of sharia law.

The takeaway from the Associated Press report is not that Islamic State recruits were broadly unfamiliar with Islam — it is that they knew just enough about “moderate Islam” to fall prey to the Islamic State’s appeal.  more

9 Comments on Islamic State Used ‘Islam for Dummies’ to Train Recruits

  1. And there is the problem. The most PC, the most user friendly, the best presentation of Islam in the best possible light can lead one to become a murderous head-hacking lunatic.

    It’s not a flaw in the design it a feature.

  2. ” …painted a dim picture of the Islamic State’s recruits. The early waves, in particular, were so clueless…’

    …so clueless that Obama dismissed them as JV and went to the golf course for a few years.. What’s your point, AP? Are you doing this for Snopes?

  3. “islam for dummies”

    says it all.

    I suppose obama ordered “potus for dummies” before he went to the white house, right?

    if he did he didn’t read it.

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