Islamic Republic vs Islamic State: What’s The Difference?

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The Gambia declared itself as a type of Islamic state, but it’s not to be confused with the Islamic State. So what is the difference?

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The Gambia now an Islamic republic, says President Yahya Jammeh
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/12/gambia-now-an-islamic-republic-says-president-yahya-jammeh
“The Gambia has been declared an Islamic republic by President Yahya Jammeh who said he wanted to further distance the west African state from its colonial past.”

Iran 1979: A revolution that shook the world
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/01/iran-1979-revolution-shook-world-2014121134227652609.html
“The Middle East and North Africa continue to roil in the aftermath of popular uprisings – revolutions that continue to shape Libya, Tunisia and Egypt after the fall of the strongmen running the show.”

Afghanistan: Branches of Government
http://www.afghan-web.com/politics/government.html
“Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic. Afghanistan’s constitution separates the government into three branches – a powerful executive, legislative and judicial. ”

Female government workers in the Gambia told to wear headscarves
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/05/gambia-female-government-workers-headscarves-islamic-republic
“The Gambia has ordered female government employees to wear headscarves at work in a sign that the west African country is embracing a Muslim identity, one month after its president, Yahya Jammeh, declared it an Islamic republic.”

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