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1 The Young Muslim Members of ISIS: Origins and Motives Faruk Arslan, MSW, MA, RSW, Psychotherapist, PhD Candidate in Human Relationships, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo-Lutheran Seminary (Martin Luther University), Canada. Email: [email protected] or [email protected] Pending for publication for the peer reviewed journal, Digest of Middle East Studies, in USA. This paper is originally presented at the UPAS international interdisciplinary conference. The Unfinished Project of the Arab Spring: Why “Middle East Exceptionalism” is Still Wrong , on September 25-27, 2015 at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Lister Centre. The proceeding book coordinated under two themes as The unfinished project of social movements in the MENA region, and the fallacy of MENA Exceptionalism. Abstract: The Islamic State of Iraq and al- Sham (ISIS), ISIL, DA’ISH (in Arabic) or IS, represents a Jihadi Salafi a subculture of fundamentalism and a violent brand of Sunni Salafi-Baathist political Islamism. Since the Arab Spring, ISIS has recruited militants from at least eighty nationalities and introduced heretical sectarian praxis of enforced proselytization, ethnic-cleansing and bigotry. ISIS attracts remarkable numbers of young Muslims because of the emptiness, unemployment, alienation, marginalization, humiliation, fear, hatred and hopelessness experienced in their lives. ISIS claims leadership of global Jihad and the caliphate. ISIS has created by Al Qaeda in Iraq (AIQ) who has been organizing Iraqi Sunnis against Shias since 2003, starting mass sectarian violence after the US-led occupation of Iraq, and launching brutal and bloody Jihadi tactics, vulgar propaganda and apocalyptic strategies. The objective of this research is to identify the young Muslim members of ISIS, where they come from, and what type of economic interests and values have played a role in them joining this controversial Jihadi group. ISIS follows the “Neo - Takfirist” Salafi doctrine, while dictates Sharia war law for legalizing rape and womanizing. The Salafi ideology, helping Muslim brothers and sisters, unity, solidarity, purification of Islam, wealth, sex and power are main issues attracting youth, but they