How rooted in Islam is the Islamic State group's ideology? Not very, most scholars say

March 2, 2015 12:15 PM

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How rooted in Islam is the Islamic State group's ideology? Not very, most scholars say

FILE - This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday, July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. How rooted in Islam is the ideology embraced by the Islamic State group that has inspired so many to fight and die? The group has assumed the mantle of Islam's earliest years, claiming to recreate the conquests and rule of the Prophet Muhammad and his successors. But in reality its ideology is a virulent vision all its own, one that its adherents have plucked from centuries of traditions. (AP Photo/Militant video, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this undated file photo posted on Aug. 27, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters of the Islamic State wave the group's flag from a damaged display of a government fighter jet following the batt...

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