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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In contrast, the Islamic State's members fight and govern by their own version of Machiavelli's dictum, “It is far safer to be feared than loved.” They stir messianic fervor rather than suppress it. They want God's kingdom now rather ...
From Morocco to Mindanao, jihadists were fighting under the banner to realize their dark vision of God's rule on earth. Alarmed, the passerby sent a picture of the house and its flag to his friend Marc Leibowitz, a former Israeli ...
Zarqawi had been to Afghanistan before, just after the defeat of the Soviets in 1989.3 Too late to fight in the war, he soon returned to Jordan, where he failed as a terrorist and spent time behind bars for his effort.
They were servants of the Antichrist, who will appear at the end of time to fight against the Muslims. The Americans served the same master.19 Zarqawi's hatred of the Shi'a made him lose sight of his longterm political goals.
20 (Mujahidin, or “those who fight in a jihad,” is how jihadists refer to themselves.) 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 ...
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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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