How should we call "ISIS"?

Posted by: PetersSmith

As in the organization's name. Many people argue over the name based on recognition. Some want to call them Daʿish because that' would not need to be changed based on territories, others provide limited recognition and only go for ISIS.

11 Total Votes

Islamic State

On 29 June 2014, the group renamed itself the Islamic State and declared it was a worldwide "caliphate". Accordingly, the 'Iraq and Shām' was removed from all official deliberations and communications, and the official name became the Islamic State ... from the date of the declaration. This name and the claim of caliphate have been widely criticised, with the UN, various governments, and mainstream Muslim groups refusing to use it   more
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Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham/Syria

On 8 April 2013, having expanded into Syria, the group adopted the name Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, which more fully translates as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. These names are translations of the Ar... abic name ad-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah fīl-ʻIrāq wash-Shām, al-Shām being a description of the Levant or Greater Syria. The translated names are commonly abbreviated as ISIL or ISIS, with a debate over which of these acronyms should be used. The Washington Post concluded that the distinction between the two "is not so great"   more
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The name Daʿish is often used by ISIL's Arabic-speaking detractors. It is based on the Arabic letters Dāl, alif, ʻayn, and shīn, which form the acronym of ISIL's Arabic name al-Dawlah al-Islamīyah fī al-ʻIrāq wa-al-Shām. There are many spellings of ... this acronym, with DAESH gaining acceptance. ISIL considers the name Da'ish derogatory, because it sounds similar to the Arabic words Daes, "one who crushes something underfoot", and Dahes, "one who sows discord". ISIL also reportedly uses flogging as a punishment for those who use the name in ISIL-controlled areas   more
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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

On 14 May 2014, the United States Department of State announced its decision to use "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) as the group's primary name. However, in late 2014, top U.S. officials shifted toward DAESH, since it was the preferred...  term used by Arab partners   more
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The Organisation of Monotheism and Jihad

Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad (Organization of Monotheism and Jihad) was a militant Jihadist group led by the Jordanian national Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. This group's name may be abbreviated as JTJ or shortened to Tawhid and Jihad, Tawhid wal-Jihad, Tawh... id al-Jihad, Al Tawhid or Tawhid. The group started in Jordan, then became a decentralized network during the Iraq insurgency in which foreign fighters were widely thought to play a key role, though some analysts said that it may have also had a considerable Iraqi membership. Following al-Zarqawi's pledge of allegiance to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network on October 17, 2004, the group became known as al-Qaeda in Iraq (official name Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn). After several rounds of name changes and mergers with other groups, the organization is now known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS)   more
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Organization of Jihad's Base in Mesopotamia

Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn, (TQJBR), ("Organization of Jihad's Base in Mesopotamia"‎), also referred to as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) or al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, was an Iraqi Sunni Islamic Jihadist organization affiliated with al-Qaeda....  It was a major combatant actor in the Iraqi insurgency and played a central role in the establishment of the Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq and the Islamic State of Iraq   more
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Mujahideen Shura Council

The Mujahideen Shura Council, was an umbrella organization of at least six groups taking part in the Iraqi insurgency against U.S. and coalition and Iraqi forces: Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn, Jeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura, Katbiyan Ans... ar Al-Tawhid wal Sunnah, Saray al-Jihad Group, al-Ghuraba Brigades, and al-Ahwal Brigades.The Mujahideen Shura Council was believed by the United States Marine Corps to be the primary political force in the Al Anbar province.In mid-October 2006, a statement was released, stating that the Mujahideen Shura Council had been disbanded, and was replaced by the Islamic State of Iraq   more
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Islamic State of Iraq

On 12 October 2006, the Mujahideen Shura Council merged with several more insurgent factions, and on 13 October the establishment of the ad-Dawlah al-ʻIraq al-Islāmiyah, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), was announced. The leaders of th... is group were Abu Abdullah al-Rashid al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri. After they were killed in a U.S.–Iraqi operation in April 2010, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the new leader of the group   more
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lannan13 says2015-05-26T16:45:40.6203515-05:00
Do you mean what should we call ISIS?
PetersSmith says2015-05-26T23:00:06.3254719-05:00
It should be noted that calling them the Islamic State, acknowledges them as the Islamic caliphate. For simplicity, you just use acronyms. I hope all of you who voted for Islamic State realize this.
58539672 says2015-05-26T23:06:36.1746709-05:00
I think thats overcomplicating the issue. It would be like the US, USA, and America all meaning different levels of statehood when they really don't.
PetersSmith says2015-05-26T23:07:28.1900078-05:00
58539672: "his name and the claim of caliphate have been widely criticised, with the UN, various governments, and mainstream Muslim groups refusing to use it "
58539672 says2015-05-26T23:25:50.8730810-05:00
@PetersSmith As I said, your overcomplicating the issue. My use of a name does not show my support for the organization. I support some form of Palestinian state but I don't go around saying PLO every time I talk about them just to be politically correct. I say Palestinian because its easy to understand to those who aren't familiar with the politically correct term. Islamic State is the most common name I here the organization called, with phrases like "the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL" being used in several media sources.
PetersSmith says2015-05-26T23:28:25.4096682-05:00
58539672: I'm not over complicating the issue, other people are complaining about it.
BblackkBbirdd says2015-05-28T12:05:56.0753810-05:00
Can't we just call them d0uches?

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