The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2015 M09 22 - 256 pages
The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaeda. Thousands of its followers have marched across Syria and Iraq, subjugating millions, enslaving women, beheading captives, and daring anyone to stop them. Thousands more have spread terror beyond the Middle East under the Islamic State's black flag.
How did the Islamic State attract so many followers and conquer so much land? By being more ruthless, more apocalyptic, and more devoted to state-building than its competitors. The shrewd leaders of the Islamic State combined two of the most powerful yet contradictory ideas in Islam-the return of the Islamic Empire and the end of the world-into a mission and a message that shapes its strategy and inspires its army of zealous fighters. They have defied conventional thinking about how to wage wars and win recruits. Even if the Islamic State is defeated, jihadist terrorism will never be the same.
Based almost entirely on primary sources in Arabic-including ancient religious texts and secret al-Qaeda and Islamic State letters that few have seen - William McCants' The ISIS Apocalypse explores how religious fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy shaped the Islamic State's past and foreshadow its dark future.
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proBlem child In 1999, a hotheaded Jordanian street-tough-turned-jihadist, Abu
Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, arrived in Qandahar, Afghanistan, seeking an audience with
al-Qaeda's leaders. The young Zarqawi wanted to fo- ment revolution in the ...
met Zarqawi, he found him a man of few words who sincerely wanted to bring
Sunni Islam back to “the reality of human life.” But Zarqawi did not have a lot of
specific ideas for how to do it. Sayf relayed his impressions of Zarqawi to his
Zarqawi undoubtedly admired Nur al-Din's ambition and remorseless efficiency.
In one account, Nur al-Din had besieged a crusader citadel in Syria. The
crusaders finally capitulated and approached Nur al-Din to discuss terms. “He
would not ...
Despite their reservations, Bin Laden and Zawahiri accepted Zarqawi's oath of
allegiance, joining his Monotheism and Jihad group to their own in October 2004.
Al-Qaeda had just mounted a disastrous terror campaign in Saudi Arabia and ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pheditor - LibraryThing
Timely offering.The author is not a journalist, but a Brookings scholar. Good insights into Islamic history and culture. The author clearly rushed this into print and could have used a reasonable editor to help with organizing themes, chronology and word choice (fanboy?). Read full review
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