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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... establishing Islamic states. It wouldn't do to make enemies on all sides, especially over theological differences. Some ... establish a training camp in Afghanistan to attract jihadists from Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey ...
... established in 1996 by the Taliban, conservative Sunnis who swept to power in the chaotic aftermath of the Soviet ... establish the state of Islam, which would play the greatest role in lifting injustice and bringing truth to this ...
... established without it. In contrast, Zarqawi wanted to first overthrow local autocrats and eliminate the “traitorous” Shi'a, whom he believed were collaborating with the Americans to subjugate the Sunnis. His strategy was to ignite a ...
... establish the “caliphate according to the prophetic method.”25 As we will see later, Zarqawi was alluding to an Islamic prophesy of the caliphate's return shortly before the End of Days. Although Bin Laden and Zawahiri shared Zarqawi's ...
... establish the State of Islam.” After that, the jihadists would “embark on conquest of Muslim lands to reclaim them ... establishing an Islamic state.”37 That state, he proclaimed, would be established 14The isis ApocAlypse.
Mahdi and Mismanagement
Resurrection and Tribulation
Sunni Islamic Prophecies of the End Times
The Mahdi Is Preceded by an Islamic State