‘Isis’ doesn’t belong to terrorists

Summertown estate agent Rowan Waller

Summertown estate agent Rowan Waller Buy this photo

First published in News

CALLS have been made for Oxfordshire businesses to reclaim the word ‘Isis’ from the jihadist terrorist group in the Middle East.

The name has been used for years to describe the part of the River Thames which runs through Oxford, north of Iffley Lock, and is believed to come from the Latin name, Tamesis.

But intense media coverage of atrocities committed by the jihadists – formally known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now Islamic State (IS) – has prompted a complaint to five national newspapers.

Summertown estate agent Rowan Waller, whose business is called Isis Estate Agents, said the media should stop using ‘ISIS’ to describe the jihadist group because it could affect local businesses in Oxfordshire, a number of whom use the word as part of their name.

Mr Waller wrote to The Independent, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Mail and The Times on Tuesday and said they should call the group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Yesterday he told the Oxford Mail: “I don’t at all want to belittle the suffering being caused by IS in the Middle East, or the threat they pose here. But I want to remind Oxford that the Isis is ours and should only be something that resonates very positively on a local level.”

Oxfordshire Town Chambers Network director Keith Slater said: “Strong Oxford ‘Isis’ brands will override the high amount of coverage of the Islamic State.

“But if such a brutal group does become associated with the ‘Isis’ name in the long term, I think some firms would ask if they should consider changing their names.”

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Jayden trial: Jake Blakeley tells jury his killer brother was evil

Oxford Mail: Jake Blakeley, 18, from Didcot

8:00am Saturday 24th January 2015

A TEENAGER accused of helping his brother bury the body of Jayden Parkinson wept in the dock as he was told to look at photos of the two graves.

'I'm glad my evil ex has been jailed for injuring me'

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 24th January 2015

A WOMAN left with life-changing injuries after her violent boyfriend pulled her car’s handbrake on the A40 said she is glad the “evil” man has been jailed.

Johnny Mullins backing Oxford United's quality

Oxford Mail: Johnny Mullins

9:00am Saturday 24th January 2015

Johnny Mullins says Oxford United’s squad have the quality to get themselves out of trouble even without help from new signings.

Haggis and a wee dram on menu for Burns Night

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 24th January 2015

FAMILIES and friends across Oxford are coming together to celebrate Sunday’s Burns Night in style.

Delight at decision to replace whole water pipe in Normandy Crescent

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 24th January 2015

RESIDENTS have welcomed Thames Water’s decision to replace the water pipe running through a flood-blighted street as “a step in the right direction.”

A34 northbound re-opened after lorry crash

Oxford Mail:

8:28am Saturday 24th January 2015

THE A34 northbound between Marcham and Milton re-opened this evening after the road was closed when a lorry crashed into a ditch last night.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:53am Thu 4 Sep 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

I wonder if Lexus will change the name of their IS model?
I wonder if Lexus will change the name of their IS model? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 2

9:34am Thu 4 Sep 14

Whitto says...

But it's The Thames innit?
But it's The Thames innit? Whitto
  • Score: 2

11:50am Thu 4 Sep 14

King Joke says...

Well exactly, stop using the ludicrous pretentious local name and use the name the rest of the world uses.
Well exactly, stop using the ludicrous pretentious local name and use the name the rest of the world uses. King Joke
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Thu 4 Sep 14

SNJ says...

Isis Hair in Headington has changed its name to Ice Hair because of the connotations of the name, but it seems an extreme reaction: as far as I know, they only remove hair, not heads, so it is unlikely that the two would be confused.
Isis Hair in Headington has changed its name to Ice Hair because of the connotations of the name, but it seems an extreme reaction: as far as I know, they only remove hair, not heads, so it is unlikely that the two would be confused. SNJ
  • Score: 4

8:00am Fri 5 Sep 14

King Joke says...

SNJ wrote:
Isis Hair in Headington has changed its name to Ice Hair because of the connotations of the name, but it seems an extreme reaction: as far as I know, they only remove hair, not heads, so it is unlikely that the two would be confused.
PMSL
[quote][p][bold]SNJ[/bold] wrote: Isis Hair in Headington has changed its name to Ice Hair because of the connotations of the name, but it seems an extreme reaction: as far as I know, they only remove hair, not heads, so it is unlikely that the two would be confused.[/p][/quote]PMSL King Joke
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree