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Friday, November 7, 2014

ISIS: What's in a name?

Isis in Louvre  (Photo by Nefermaat)
In September 2014, France claimed that the name “ISIS” inaccurately describes “the extremist group that has… violently imposed a caliphate.”

The Week reported that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius came up with two major reasons why “ISIS” is a misnomer.  The first “S” in “ISIS” stands for “State,” and Fabius points out that ISIS is not a state, but rather a “terrorist group.”  The first “I” in “ISIS” stands for “Islamic,” and Fabius states that this “blurs the line between Islam, Muslims, and Islamists.”

To adherents of Ancient Egyptian tradition, the name “Isis” is a holy one.  Isis was widely revered (not only in Ancient Egypt, but later in Ancient Greece and Rome) as the “goddess of health, marriage and love.”

She continues to be worshipped by many today, and is considered to be “the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic.”

It seems quite ironic that a fundamentalist group which claims Islam as its core goes by the name “ISIS.”  Is this coincidental, or does the terrorist group deliberately wish to convert some still following in Isis’ ancient footsteps?       


Copyright November 7, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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