The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday by William McCants

By William McCants

The Islamic country is without doubt one of the such a lot deadly and winning jihadist teams in smooth background, surpassing even al-Qaeda. millions of its fans have marched throughout Syria and Iraq, subjugating thousands, enslaving girls, beheading captives, and bold someone to prevent them. hundreds of thousands extra have unfold terror past the center East below the Islamic State's black flag.

How did the Islamic kingdom allure such a lot of fans and triumph over loads land? by means of being extra ruthless, extra apocalyptic, and extra dedicated to state-building than its rivals. The clever leaders of the Islamic nation mixed of the main robust but contradictory rules in Islam-the go back of the Islamic Empire and the tip of the world-into a project and a message that shapes its technique and conjures up its military of zealous warring parties. they've got defied traditional puzzling over find out how to salary wars and win recruits. whether the Islamic kingdom is defeated, jihadist terrorism is not really the same.

Based nearly solely on basic assets in Arabic-including old spiritual texts and mystery al-Qaeda and Islamic kingdom letters that few have visible - William McCants' The ISIS Apocalypse explores how spiritual fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy formed the Islamic State's prior and foreshadow its darkish destiny.

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800. ), 2nd edn, 4 vols. Beirut: Dar al-Fikr, 1998, vol. 1, pp. , pp. 80–1. Cf. al-nabarc, Ta”rCkh, series I, vol. 3, pp. , vol. 6, pp. 44–5. A. Abel, ‘Baqcra,’ EI 2, vol. 1, 922–3, p. 922; emphasis added. Cf. Wendell, ‘Baghdad’, p. 111.

Abe ‘Abd Allah Muqammad b. ‘Abd al-Mun‘im al-limyarc, La péninsule ibérique au moyen-âge d’après le KitAb ar-RawP al-mi“SAr f C khabar al-aqSAr d’Ibn “Abd al-Mun“im al-LimyarC, trans. Évariste Lévi-Provençal. Leiden: Brill, 1938, p. 80 (Arabic), pp. 100–1 (French). According to Alistair Northedge, this was the name used for Samarra at the caliph’s court, and represents an unusual wordplay. It means: ‘He who sees it is delighted’. Alistair Northedge, ‘Samarra’, EI 2, vol. 8, 1039–41. ‘. . ’ Ja‘far al-Khushshakc, cited in al-Ya‘qebc, KitAb al-BuldAn, M.

28, p. 244. ‘. . wa amara bi-khass al-madcna wa qafr al-asasat’. al-nabarc, Ta”rCkh, series III, vol. 1, p. , vol. 28, p. 245. al-nabarc, Ta”rCkh, series III, vol. 1, p. , vol. 28, pp. 245–6. See, for example, Charles Wendell, ‘Baghdad: Imago Mundi, and other foundationlore’, IJMES 2, 1971, 99–128, pp. 111–12; and Calasso, ‘Genealogie e miti di fondazione’, p. 20. Wendell, ‘Baghdad’, pp. 111–12. Cf. al-nabarc, Ta”rCkh, series II, vol. 2, p. , vol. 23, p. 71. On Wasis itself, see Wheatley, The Places where Men Pray Together, pp.

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