Dr James Barry

The Ideology of the Islamic State

The recent attacks in France, the only Western country to attract specific threats from IS, along with the attacks in Sydney in December has shown that this group’s propaganda has been effective in bringing radicals from other sects and terrorist organisations over to its cause. IS’s ideology has proved to be a well-communicated combination between religion and nationalism. This talk will explain what we can learn from these attacks and will also explain IS’s sectarian agenda.

Dr James Barry is Associate Research Fellow at Deakin University’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation. He was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 2013 for his thesis on identity among religious and ethnic minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has lived in Tehran and speaks both Armenian and Persian-Farsi.