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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... al-Qaeda and the civil war in Syria, my usual beat, could wait. No one cared. They cared a few days later when the ... leaders proclaimed the establishment of God's kingdom on earth, called the caliphate. Prophecy was fulfilled, they ...
... al-Qaeda's former leader Osama bin Laden as the baddest of the bad, but the Islamic State is worse. Bin Laden tamped down messianic fervor and sought popular Muslim support; the caliphate was a distant dream. In contrast, the Islamic ...
... al-Qaeda from the start. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri wanted to build popular ... Qaeda's leaders. The young Zarqawi wanted to fo- ment revolution in the Fertile Crescent, the land stretching from the ...
... Al-Qaeda's leader, Bin Laden, was the son of a wealthy Saudi building contractor, and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was a surgeon who had run an Egyptian terror group before merging part of it with al-Qaeda. Both men would oversee the ...
... al-Qaeda's leaders would assent to his strategy, Zarqawi of- fered to swear allegiance to them, joining his group to theirs: “If you agree with us on it, if you adopt it as a program and path, and if you are convinced of the idea of ...
Mahdi and Mismanagement
Resurrection and Tribulation
Sunni Islamic Prophecies of the End Times
The Mahdi Is Preceded by an Islamic State