Sunday, November 22, 2015

Daesh or ISIS

Just to add to the confusion in recent days ISIS is being referred to as Daesh.  Daesh” is the Arabic acronym for ISIS.  In Arabic, their name is “Dawlat al-Islamiyah fi’al-Iraq wa Bilaad al-Sham”, making Daesh the loose acronym.  ISIS hates being called Daesh, as it strips them of what they claim to be their “Islamic” legitimacy, is very disrespectful in Arabic, and sounds similar to several words with negative connotations, such as the word “Da’es”, which means “one who crushes/stomps something underfoot”.  It’s been used in the Middle East for over a year now, but more recently has been used in the West as well.

So now you know

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