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Reza Aslan

Condemning the Islamic State and the 'caliphate'

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President Barack Obama's speech to the nation Wednesday focused attention on the problems and threat created by the Islamic State.

The name is significant. The group changed its name from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to simply the Islamic State. For them, the underlying vision is something found in Muslim history: the caliphate. And they don't want to be geographically limited; they want to fashion the world in their image.

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