Mistaking Islam for a State: Misunderstanding Religion and Revering False History

The fascination of some Muslims with the concept of “Islamic State” or “caliphate,” and according their attraction to ISIS, reflects serious misunderstanding of both Islam as a religion and the critical function of the first Islamic state, i.e. the one founded by the Prophet. It also shows ignorance of or deliberate overlooking of the un-Islamic aspects of the later Islamic empires.