Is Islamic State actually a state?

In the wake of Islamic State’s spectacular successes in the summer of 2014, many commentators were ready to confer statehood upon the polity formed from the lands they had seized in Syria and Iraq. Equally many denied that such an entity could reasonably be described as a state. Personally I subscribed to the latter view…

Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State

Last Thursday night I attended a performance of the verbatim play Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State. Hosted by the National Theatre it centred on the recruitment of young European Muslims by Islamic State. Performed before a packed, mostly white middle class, audience it was, at 90 minutes, a somewhat protracted (for my…