A member of the civil defense sleeps on the street in the rebel-held side of Syria's northern city of Aleppo on June 8, 2015, the Arabic graffiti in blue reads: "Those looking for life under the rubble of death".
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June 9, 2015 11:11 AM EDT

Battle Lines: Want to Understand the Jihadis? Read Their Poetry – The New Yorker

Art is the truest reflection of a society, what it dreams of, what it fears, and what it aspires to become. Analysts study the ideology, the politics, and the economics of jihad, but we ignore the poetry as if it’s a diversion rather than a valuable map of an inner landscape that remains unexplored. This New Yorker article by Robyn Creswell and Bernard Haykel takes a closer look. It’s literary analysis as social profiling, and it’s fascinating. My pick of the week.

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