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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They believed Muslim support was crucial for driving the Americans out of the Middle East and establishing Islamic ... 8 Sayf and his companions came up with a plan for Zarqawi to establish a training camp in Afghanistan to attract ...
“This is our historical opportunity . . . to establish the state of Islam, which would play the greatest role in lifting injustice and bringing truth to this rAising The BlAck flAg 9.
Building popular Muslim support for their cause was vital; the caliphate could not be established without it. In contrast, Zarqawi wanted to first overthrow local autocrats and eliminate the “traitorous” Shi'a, whom he believed were ...
“Perhaps,” wrote Zarqawi, the group would 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.
“Then we will establish the State of Islam. ... When he announced a consultative council composed of several jihadist groups including al-Qaeda, he described it as the “nucleus for establishing an Islamic state.
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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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