It’s a commonplace among the Very Serious People that Islam needs to have its reformation.
So here’s an idea: what if this is actually it?
Sure, this would be a partial reading of it. And history doesn’t repeat but the burps do have reminiscent tastes. And the Christian Reformation was marked by a series of ever more idiot fundamentalists rising up and slaughtering everyone they considered insufficiently Godly. The Hussites were not having nice little prayer meetings and calling for tea and tolerance.
So, what if Isis were viewed as, say, those Hussites? The Reformation actually coming a couple of hundred years later, after everyone had got sufficiently pissed off with the fundies and everyone settled down to that tea and tolerance.
The other way of putting this is that that Christian Reformation was marked by a remarkably bloody series of wars. This does not mean that a series of remarkably bloody wars is Islam’s Reformation but we might want to be alive to the possibility of that repeating taste to history.