Mbaye Bashir Lo

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University, NC. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.  He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d'études de l'Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (IISMM) & Institut des Mondes Africains (IMAF) at EHESS, Paris.

This is a world of closely-knit communities. It signals the end of closed border politics, the irrelevance of the politics of containment and the risks of double-standard politics.

The roots of IS can be traced back to US’s 2003 invasion of Iraq, but its ideology belongs to that of al-Qaeda, the pillar of modern militant Islam.