Elsayed, Lilah, Zeiger, Sara, Chung, Muna, and Atamuradova, Farangiz

Planting the Seeds of the Poisonous Tree: Establishing a System of Meaning Through ISIS Education

George Washington University Program on Extremism


This paper explores the administration of the Islamic State's department of education and the system of meaning set up by the group under its governance. The research systematically analyzes a collection of education-related “ISIS Files” documents using critical discourse analysis to identify common narratives, values, and themes, particularly those aimed at indoctrinating children.