- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Official documents issued by the Islamic State group show that the Sunni terrorist group’s control over everyday life stretches as far as a banning hotel management and archaeology.

Researcher Aymenn Al-Tamimi shared policy certificates stamped with official Islamic State insignia with CNN on Tuesday.

“The banning of archaeology is not a surprise. We see that reflected in ISIS destruction of ancient artifacts. ISIS regards pre-Islamic artifacts as relics from the ‘period of ignorance’, jahiliyah. Their main concern with archaeology is that it would become a subject turning to idol worship, which is strictly forbidden in Islam,” Mr. Al-Taminmi told CNN.

The researcher told CNN that hotels are banned so the structures can then be rented out to families.

“A general theme for ISIS is that they try, initially when they seize control, to portray themselves as more just, more fair to the inhabitants than the previous ruler. For example, in Syria, the first thing ISIS did was lower the price of bread. This is as much about winning over the population as it is about religious rulings,” Mr. Al-Taminmi said, the network reported.

Mr. Al-Taminmi added that unlike rule under the Taliban, women can obtain an education (until age 15), and vaccinations against disease are allowed.

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• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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