The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2015 M09 22 - 256 pages
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's 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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... Zarqawi, arrived in Qandahar, Afghanistan, seeking an audience with al-Qaeda's leaders. The young Zarqawi wanted to fo- ment revolution in the Fertile Crescent, the land stretching from the eastern Mediterranean through Iraq. Zarqawi ...
... 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] was always asking for any book available about Nur al-Din and his protégé Saladin,” Sayf recalled, referring to the ruler of Egypt who battled Richard the Lionheart during the Crusades. “I believe that what he read about Nur al ...
... Zarqawi set about building his clandestine network in Iraq. When the Americans invaded in March 2003, Zarqawi's cells in Baghdad were ready to greet them. Zarqawi himself arrived in June.17 By the end of August, his new group ...
... Zarqawi knew he would be criticized as “hasty and rash,” “leading the Muslim community into a battle for which it is not ready, a battle that will be revolting and in which blood will be spilled.” So be it. “This is exactly what we want ...
Mahdi and Mismanagement
Resurrection and Tribulation
Sunni Islamic Prophecies of the End Times
The Mahdi Is Preceded by an Islamic State