Sunday, October 05, 2014

Muslims In Europe Concerned About Names Used To Refer To ISIS/ ISIL

The New York Times reported last week that Muslims in France and Britain have been urging their governments to find a name other than "Islamic State" to refer to ISIL. French Muslims say that using "Islamic State" stigmatizes the country's Muslims and gives unwarranted legitimacy to ISIL. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced last month that his government would refer to the terrorist group as "Daesh", an acronym for the group's Arabic name "Al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham." Some experts warn, however, that Daesh creates negative reactions because it sounds like the Arabic word "daes" that means to trample or crush. American Muslim groups generally agree that any name that does not actually use the workd "Islamic" is acceptable, so that they generally do not object to "ISIS".