At some point the media and politicians alike agreed that ISIS serves as a suitable name for the so-called Islamic State (of Iraq and Syria), even though the terrorist organisation spans more than just Iraq and Syria, rendering even ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) an inaccurate designation.
Others, like the BBC, for instance, are content with “the so-called Islamic State”, or Daesh, even, an acronym for “al-Dawlah al-Islamīyah fī al-ʻIrāq wa-al-Shām”.
Whatever their reasons, the latter two appear a lot more precise, if not exactly to-the-point.
The thing is, of course, that the name of ancient Egypt’s goddess of health, marriage and wisdom, Isis, is dragged through the mud, which really doesn’t bother me too much, even though I think it is a shame. However, organisations and businesses all over the world use her name (although often by accident, as acronyms holding an altogether different meaning), such as:
I really don’t know what to say, except that ignorance, apparently, knows no limits.
Add to that, of course, that Daesh activities aren’t restricted to Iraq and Syria (IS), as we have later come to learn, and you have to admit that “ISIS” is an incorrect designation, at best.
If you’re confident with “al-Dawlah al-Islamīyah fī al-ʻIrāq wa-al-Shām” you could insist on “Daesh”. I know I am not.
“The so-called Islamic state” it is, then, BBC. After all, if they’re anything at all, it certainly isn’t Islamic.
At any rate, please leave Isis be.
Top photograph: Isis depicted with outstretched wings (wall painting, c. 1360 BCE). Source: Wikipedia.