A review of Darryl Li’s The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity (Stanford University Press, 2019).
Mara Redlich Revkin is a Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center specializing in empirical research on legal systems during and after conflict. Her regional focus is on the Middle East and particularly Iraq, where she has conducted fieldwork for research projects on the recruitment of children by armed groups, the Islamic State’s system of taxation and other governance activities, and Iraqi public opinion toward punishment and reintegration of individuals accused of association with the Islamic State. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.
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Iraq’s Harsh Approach to Punishing Islamic State ‘Collaborators’ Stands to Have Counterproductive Consequences
“[The Islamic State]’s ideology is so dangerous that we cannot afford to show any leniency” —an Iraqi judge interviewed in Mosul (Dec. 13, 2017)
Last month, the Islamic State’s official media outlet, al-Furqān, released its first video in over a year, entitled, “The Structure of the Khilafah.” Al-Furqān is known for producing the group’s most horrific propaganda, including infamous footage showing the torture and execution of journalists, aid workers, and POWs, so it is noteworthy that the latest video features relatively little violence.