What’s in a name – ISIS or Daesh – Who Cares ?

What’s in a name – ISIS or Daesh – Who Cares ?


 I believe in calling a spade a  spade and therefore as ISIS or Daesh are murdering scum why not address them as such.

The Arabic for Murdering B******s is  قتل أوغاد , which loosely translates to ” Killing villains ”


What’s in a name? When it comes to how to refer to the extremist group that has terrorized Syria and northern Iraq and violently imposed a caliphate, a lot

You may have noticed over recent days and weeks more and more commentators and politicians are referring to ISIS as Daesh  and there is increasing pressure to stop calling ISIS by their  preferred  name “Islamic State , on the grounds that it grants them an element of legitimacy.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a bit of a misnomer, as it lends the imprimatur of Islam to a group that the vast majority of Muslims finds despicable.

“This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims, and Islamists,”

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement. “The Arabs call it ‘Daesh’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats.'”

The name Daesh, according to France24, is a “loose acronym” for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham). The name is commonly used by enemies of ISIS, and it also has many negative undertones, as Daesh sounds similar to the Arabic words Daes (“one who crushes something underfoot”) and Dahes (“one who sows discord”). Samantha Rollins


Downing Street announced on Wednesday that David Cameron and other Government ministers would start referring to the militant group known as “Isis” as “Daesh”.

In June David Cameron asked the BBC to stop using the term “Islamic State” and started using “Isil”.

Now it’s all change again. Here’s all you need to know about the term.

What does ‘Daesh’ mean?

“Daesh” is another name for the militant group which calls itself “Islamic State” which is often referred to in the media by its historic names Isis or Isil.

Where does the term ‘Daesh’ come from?

“Daesh”, sometimes spelled Daiish or Da’esh, it an acronym for “Dawlat al-Islamiyah f’al-Iraq wa al-Sham” – or in its Arabaic script form, الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام‎.

That phrase is the Arabic for “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”. “al-Sham” refers to Greater Syria, an area referred to in English as “the Levant”.

Who uses the term ‘Daesh’?

The French government has been referring to Isis as “Daesh” for some time. Since September 2014 it has been official French policy to use “Daesh” to refer to the group. The country’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius also asked journalists to use the phrase.

The term is the most widely used in Arab countries to refer to the group. In a speech at the weekend US secretary of state John Kerry used the term, possibly signalling a change in US policy.

What is the politics like around the different names?

Daesh, when spoken, sounds similar to the Arabic words for “the sowers of dischord” (Dahes) or “one who crushes underfoot” (Daes). It thus has negative connotations.

Islamic State, which the group changed its name to most recently, is an attempt by Isis to identify itself with the wider religion of Islam.

It is also supposed to make it sound more international than Isis or Isil, which refer to specific geographic areas.

Full Story Independent.co.uk




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