Winter 2018

Religionist Rebels & the Sovereignty of the Divine

Tanisha M. Fazal
Some of today’s most vexing rebels – those, such as the Islamic State, that reject the Westphalian state system and depend on an almost entirely religious justification for their cause – have unlimited war aims and are unwilling to negotiate with the states whose sovereignty they challenge. Tanisha M. Fazal defines these groups as “religionist rebels” and explores the particular challenges they pose in the civil war context, while showing that they have been present throughout the history of the state system.
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