Here are some thoughtful approaches:
- Graeme Wood in The Atlantic: "What ISIS Really Wants."
- A response to Wood by J.M. Berger: "Enough about Islam: Why religion is not the most useful way to undertand ISIS."
- Emile Nakhleh at Lobelog: "America and the Middle East after The Islamic State"
- Juan Cole, "Today's Top 7 Myths about Daesh/ISIL"