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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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 ...
The Islamic State encouraged the second interpretation but let the global community of jihadists read into the flag and the “state” what they would. And read into them they did, with many taking up the flag and promoting the Islamic ...
It also represents a revolution in how jihadists think about acquiring power and holding onto it. Although it took nearly a decade to play itself out, the Islamic State was destined to fall out with al-Qaeda from the start.
... to establish a training camp in Afghanistan to attract jihadists from Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. ... in northern Iraq.9 By the beginning of 2001, Zarqawi was no longer a jihadist neophyte in the eyes of Sayf.
But in the absence of a caliph, jihadists today sometimes use “state” and “emirate” interchangeably when talking about the government of a ... It also gave shelter to likeminded jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda and Zarqawi's outfit.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pheditor - LibraryThing
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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