The ISIS Apocalypse

The ISIS Apocalypse
Author: William McCants
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-09-22
ISBN 10: 1466892706
ISBN 13: 9781466892705
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The ISIS Apocalypse Book Review:

The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaeda. Thousands of its followers have marched across Syria and Iraq, subjugating millions, enslaving women, beheading captives, and daring anyone to stop them. Thousands more have spread terror beyond the Middle East under the Islamic State's black flag. How did the Islamic State attract so many followers and conquer so much land? By being more ruthless, more apocalyptic, and more devoted to state-building than its competitors. The shrewd leaders of the Islamic State combined two of the most powerful yet contradictory ideas in Islam-the return of the Islamic Empire and the end of the world-into a mission and a message that shapes its strategy and inspires its army of zealous fighters. They have defied conventional thinking about how to wage wars and win recruits. Even if the Islamic State is defeated, jihadist terrorism will never be the same. 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' The ISIS Apocalypse explores how religious fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy shaped the Islamic State's past and foreshadow its dark future.

The ISIS Apocalypse

The ISIS Apocalypse
Author: William McCants
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-09-22
ISBN 10: 1250080908
ISBN 13: 9781250080905
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The ISIS Apocalypse Book Review:

The so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, has inspired young men and women all over the world to commit horrible atrocities in its name. How has the Islamic State surpassed al-Qaeda to become the most popular jihadist group on the planet? Its goal is not only to revive the Islamic empire but also usher in the End of Times - a final battle that will restore the Muslim community to its medieval glory days. And they will not stop until they achieve their mission.

Jihadist Preachers of the End Times

Jihadist Preachers of the End Times
Author: Ostransky Bronislav Ostransky
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-08-28
ISBN 10: 147443925X
ISBN 13: 9781474439251
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jihadist Preachers of the End Times Book Review:

Focusing on apocalyptic manifestations found in ISIS propaganda, this book situates the group's agenda in the broader framework of contemporary Muslim thought and explains key topics in millennial thinking within the spiritual context of modern Islamic apocalypticism.Based on the group's primary sources as well as medieval Muslim apocalyptic literature and its modern interpretations, the book analyses the ways ISIS presents its message concerning the Last Days as a meaningful, inventive and frightening expression of collectively shared expectations relating to the supposedly approaching the End Times.

Thirteen Days in September

Thirteen Days in September
Author: Lawrence Wright
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 0804170029
ISBN 13: 9780804170024
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thirteen Days in September Book Review:

"Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, in 2014"--Title page verso.

The Way of the Strangers

The Way of the Strangers
Author: Graeme Wood
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2016-12-20
ISBN 10: 0812988760
ISBN 13: 9780812988765
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Way of the Strangers Book Review:

What does ISIS really want? This is the definitive account of the strategy, psychology, and fundamentalism driving the Islamic State. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY FOREIGN AFFAIRS • “Worthy of Joseph Conrad . . . gripping, sobering and revelatory.”—Tom Holland, New Statesman The Islamic State inspired a wave of true believers to travel to Syria from Europe, America, and the Middle East, in numbers not seen since the Crusades. What compelled tens of thousands of men and women to leave comfortable, privileged lives to join a death cult in the desert? Steven Pinker called Graeme Wood’s analysis of this phenomenon in The Atlantic “fascinating, terrifying, occasionally blackly humorous.” In The Way of the Strangers, Wood uses character study, analysis, and original reporting to take us further into the Islamic State’s apocalyptic vision. Though the Islamic State has lost territory, it threatens to rise again, and its followers are plotting on every continent. From the streets of Cairo to the mosques of London, Wood meets with supporters, recruiters, and scholars and asks them why they believe that killing and dying for this cause is the only path to Paradise. With a new afterword, The Way of the Strangers uncovers the theology and emotional appeal of this resilient group and explores its idiosyncratic, coherent approach to Islam. Just as Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower explained the rise of Al Qaida, this book will shape our understanding of a new and deadlier generation of terrorists. Praise for The Way of the Strangers “The Way of the Strangers represents journalism at its best: vivid writing, indefatigable legwork, and fearless analysis.”—Robert D. Kaplan, author of The Return of Marco Polo’s World “Wood is a brilliant analyst and storyteller, and his firsthand reporting and language abilities make him the most reliable commentator on the Islamic State that I have read. His wit matches his intelligence (’Well-behaved Salafis seldom make history’)—you don't get through any two pages in his book without a good laugh.”—Peter Theroux, author of Sandstorms: Days and Nights in Arabia “Excruciatingly well observed and devastatingly honest . . . This is the first and only book about the Islamic State to expose, explain, and ultimately undermine its ideology with the relentless irony that comes from blending deep knowledge with hands-on experience. Wood makes it impossible not to laugh, despite the horrors.”—Elisabeth Kendall, senior research fellow in Arabic and Islamic studies, University of Oxford

The Future of ISIS

The Future of ISIS
Author: Feisal al-Istrabadi,Sumit Ganguly
Publsiher: Brookings Institution Press
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2018-06-26
ISBN 10: 0815732171
ISBN 13: 9780815732174
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Future of ISIS Book Review:

Looking to the future in confronting the Islamic State The Islamic State (best known in the West as ISIS or ISIL) has been active for less than a decade, but it has already been the subject of numerous histories and academic studies—all focus primarily on the past. The Future of ISIS is the first major study to look ahead: what are the prospects for the Islamic State in the near term, and what can the global community, including the United States, do to counter it? Edited by two distinguished scholars at Indiana University, the book examines how ISIS will affect not only the Middle East but the global order. Specific chapters deal with such questions as whether and how ISIS benefitted from intelligence failures, and what can be done to correct any such failures; how to confront the alarmingly broad appeal of Islamic State ideology; the role of local and regional actors in confronting ISIS; and determining U.S. interests in preventing ISIS from gaining influence and controlling territory. Given the urgency of the topic, The Future of ISIS is of interest to policymakers, analysts, and students of international affairs and public policy.

Countdown to the Apocalypse

Countdown to the Apocalypse
Author: Robert Jeffress
Publsiher: FaithWords
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2015-02-10
ISBN 10: 145556303X
ISBN 13: 9781455563036
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Countdown to the Apocalypse Book Review:

ISIS. Ebola. Social disorder. Religious persecution. Rampant immorality. Are these the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the end of the world? If they are, what do they mean and when can we expect this to happen? In this eye-opening book, prophecy insider Robert Jeffress offers a reasoned look at these "signs" and what Jesus Christ himself meant when he talked about a future so horrendous that no human lives would be spared "unless those days were shortened" (Matthew 24.22). Did He have our time in mind? All over the world people are aware that something unprecedented in human history is about to happen. COUNTDOWN TO THE APOCALYPSE presents vital information that everyone, both inside and outside the church, needs to know to be prepared.

Islamic State

Islamic State
Author: Abdel Bari Atwan
Publsiher: Saqi
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-05-04
ISBN 10: 0863561012
ISBN 13: 9780863561016
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islamic State Book Review:

In this timely and important book, Abdel Bari Atwan draws on his unrivalled knowledge of the global jihadi movement and Middle Eastern geopoliti to reveal the origins and modus operandi of Islamic State. Based on extensive field research and exclusive interviews with IS insiders, Atwan offers a comprehensive review of the group’s organisational structure and leadership, strategies, tacti and diverse methods of recruitment. He traces the salafi-jihadi lineage of IS, its ideological differences with al-Qa‘ida, and the deadly rivalry that has emerged between their leaders. Atwan also shows how the group’s rapid growth has been facilitated by its masterful command of social media platforms, the ‘dark web’, Hollywood ‘blockbuster’-style videos, and even jihadi computer games, producing a powerful paradox where the ambitions of the Middle Ages have re-emerged in cyber-space. As Islamic State continues to dominate the world’s media headlines with horrific acts of ruthless violence, Atwan considers the movement’s chances of survival and expansion, and offers indispensable insights on potential government responses to contain the IS threat. ‘A key voice explaining Islamist militancy to the English-speaking world’ Peter Bergen ‘Thank heavens we have writers such as Atwan – who knew the real Bin Laden better than any other journalist’ Robert Fisk, Independent ‘An extraordinarily gifted, experienced and knowledgeable analyst of Arab affairs’ Ann Leslie, Daily Mail ‘Atwan ‘got it’ from the moment bin Laden appeared on the scene’ Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA bin Laden ‘Alec’ unit

Founding Gods Inventing Nations

Founding Gods  Inventing Nations
Author: William F. McCants
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 179
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0691151482
ISBN 13: 9780691151489
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Founding Gods Inventing Nations Book Review:

From the dawn of writing in Sumer to the sunset of the Islamic empire, Founding Gods, Inventing Nations traces four thousand years of speculation on the origins of civilization. Investigating a vast range of primary sources, some of which are translated here for the first time, and focusing on the dynamic influence of the Greek, Roman, and Arab conquests of the Near East, William McCants looks at the ways the conquerors and those they conquered reshaped their myths of civilization's origins in response to the social and political consequences of empire. The Greek and Roman conquests brought with them a learned culture that competed with that of native elites. The conquering Arabs, in contrast, had no learned culture, which led to three hundred years of Muslim competition over the cultural orientation of Islam, a contest reflected in the culture myths of that time. What we know today as Islamic culture is the product of this contest, whose protagonists drew heavily on the lore of non-Arab and pagan antiquity. McCants argues that authors in all three periods did not write about civilization's origins solely out of pure antiquarian interest--they also sought to address the social and political tensions of the day. The strategies they employed and the postcolonial dilemmas they confronted provide invaluable context for understanding how authors today use myth and history to locate themselves in the confusing aftermath of empire.

The Master Plan

The Master Plan
Author: Brian H. Fishman
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016-11-22
ISBN 10: 0300224532
ISBN 13: 9780300224535
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Master Plan Book Review:

An incisive narrative history of the Islamic State, from the 2005 master plan to reestablish the Caliphate to its quest for Final Victory in 2020 Given how quickly its operations have achieved global impact, it may seem that the Islamic State materialized suddenly. In fact, al-Qaeda’s operations chief, Sayf al-Adl, devised a seven-stage plan for jihadis to conquer the world by 2020 that included reestablishing the Caliphate in Syria between 2013 and 2016. Despite a massive schism between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, al-Adl’s plan has proved remarkably prescient. In summer 2014, ISIS declared itself the Caliphate after capturing Mosul, Iraq—part of stage five in al-Adl’s plan. Drawing on large troves of recently declassified documents captured from the Islamic State and its predecessors, counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman tells the story of this organization’s complex and largely hidden past—and what the master plan suggests about its future. Only by understanding the Islamic State’s full history—and the strategy that drove it—can we understand the contradictions that may ultimately tear it apart.

The Origins of ISIS

The Origins of ISIS
Author: Simon Mabon,Stephen Royle
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2016-11-30
ISBN 10: 1786731487
ISBN 13: 9781786731487
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origins of ISIS Book Review:

The rapid expansion of ISIS and its swathe of territorial gains across the Middle East have been headline news since 2013. Yet much media attention and analysis has been focussed upon the military exploits, brutal tactics and radicalisation methods employed by the group. While ISIS remains a relatively new phenomenon, it is important to consider the historical and local dynamics that have shaped the emergence of the group in the past decade. In this book Simon Mabon and Stephen Royle provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the roots, tactics and ideology of the group, exploring the interactions of the various participants involved in the formative stages of ISIS. Based on original scholarly sources and first-hand research in the region, this book provides an authoritative and closely-analysed look at the emergence of one of the defining forces of the early twenty-first century.

A Theory of ISIS

A Theory of ISIS
Author: Mohammad-Mahmoud Mohamedou
Publsiher: Pluto Press (UK)
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2018
ISBN 10: 9780745399119
ISBN 13: 0745399118
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Theory of ISIS Book Review:

A bold new theory of ISIS, revealing its profound impact on the very nature of contemporary political violence

Black Flags

Black Flags
Author: Joby Warrick
Publsiher: Anchor Books
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2016
ISBN 10: 0804168938
ISBN 13: 9780804168939
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Flags Book Review:

"When he succeeded his father in 1999, King Abdullah of Jordan released a batch of political prisoners in the hopes of smoothing his transition to power. Little did he know that among those released was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a man who would go on to become a terrorist mastermind too dangerous even for al-Qaeda and give rise to an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. Zarqawi began by directing hotel bombings and assassinations in Jordan from a base in northern Iraq, but it was the American invasion of that country in 2003 that catapulted him to the head of a vast insurgency. By identifying him as the link between Saddam and bin Laden, the CIA inadvertently created a monster. Like-minded radicals saw him as a hero resisting the infidel occupiers and rallied to his cause. Their wave of brutal beheadings and suicide bombings continued for years until Jordanian intelligence provided the Americans with the crucial intelligence needed to eliminate Zarqawi in a 2006 airstrike. But his movement endured, first called al-Qaeda in Iraq, then renamed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, seeking refuge in unstable, ungoverned pockets on the Iraq-Syria border. And as the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, ISIS seized its chance to pursue Zarqawi's dream of a sweeping, ultra-conservative Islamic caliphate. Drawing on unique access to CIA and Jordanian sources, Joby Warrick weaves together heart-pounding, moment-by-moment operational details with overarching historical perspectives to reveal the long trajectory of today's most dangerous Islamic extremist threat"--

Apocalypse Observed

Apocalypse Observed
Author: John R. Hall,Philip D. Schuyler,Sylvaine Trinh
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2005-06-22
ISBN 10: 1134651244
ISBN 13: 9781134651245
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Apocalypse Observed Book Review:

Apocalypse Observed is about religious violence. By analyzing five of the most notorious cults of recent years, the authors present a fascinating and revealing account of religious sects and conflict. Cults covered include: * the apocalypse at Jonestown * the Branch Davidians at Waco * the violent path of Aum Shinrikyo * the mystical apocalypse of the Solar Temple * the mass suicide of Heaven's Gate. Through comparative case studies and in-depth analysis, the authors show how religious violence can erupt not simply from the beliefs of the cult followers or the personalities of their leaders, but also from the way in which society responds to the cults in its midst.

The Believer

The Believer
Author: William McCants
Publsiher: Brookings Institution Press
Total Pages: 19
Release: 2015-09-01
ISBN 10: 081572859X
ISBN 13: 9780815728597
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Believer Book Review:

In The Believer, Will McCants tells the story of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS), a group so brutal and hardline that even al-Qaida deemed them too extreme. Baghdadi, an introverted religious scholar, with a passion for soccer, now controls large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria. McCants shows how Baghdadi became radicalized in the Saddam Hussein era and found his path to power after connecting with other radicals in an American prison during the Iraq War, culminating in his declaration of a reborn Islamic empire bent on world conquest.

Derivatives

Derivatives
Author: Somanathan
Publsiher: Tata McGraw-Hill Education
Total Pages: 347
Release: 1998-05-01
ISBN 10: 9780074633878
ISBN 13: 0074633872
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Derivatives Book Review:

Written by a World Bank economist who has made an insightful study of derivatives, the book would be a valuable reference on the subject. It covers: A comprehensive theoretical and empirical treatment of the nature, functions, benefits and problems of forward and futures markets, with specific reference to India An analysis of carry forward trading (modified badla) in the Indian stock market An introduction to options, swaps, and other derivatives to provide a working knowledge of their nature and uses An analysis of market structure and the regulatory framework for derivatives An overview of accounting and tax treatment of derivatives Management of derivative risks Future evolution of derivatives in India and abroad Glossary of specialised terms.

ISIS and the Pornography of Violence

ISIS and the Pornography of Violence
Author: Simon Cottee
Publsiher: Anthem Press
Total Pages: 186
Release: 2019-05-30
ISBN 10: 1783089660
ISBN 13: 9781783089666
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

ISIS and the Pornography of Violence Book Review:

'ISIS and the Pornography of Violence' is a collection of iconoclastic essays on ISIS, spanning the four-year period from its ascendancy in late 2014 to its demise in early 2018. From a trenchant critique of the infantilization of jihadists to a probing examination of the parallels between gonzo porn and ISIS beheading videos, the pieces collected in this volume challenge conventional ways of thinking about ISIS and the roots of its appeal. Simon Cottee’s core argument is that Western ISIS recruits, far from being brainwashed or “vulnerable” dupes, actively responded to the group’s promise of redemptive violence and self-sacrifice to a total cause.

Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times

Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times
Author: Alison McQueen
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2017-12-28
ISBN 10: 1107152399
ISBN 13: 9781107152397
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times Book Review:

From climate change to nuclear war to the rise of demagogic populists, our world is shaped by doomsday expectations. In this path-breaking book, Alison McQueen shows why three of history's greatest political realists feared apocalyptic politics. Niccol- Machiavelli in the midst of Italy's vicious power struggles, Thomas Hobbes during England's bloody civil war, and Hans Morgenthau at the dawn of the thermonuclear age all saw the temptation to prophesy the end of days. Each engaged in subtle and surprising strategies to oppose apocalypticism, from using its own rhetoric to neutralize its worst effects to insisting on a clear-eyed, tragic acceptance of the human condition. Scholarly yet accessible, this book is at once an ambitious contribution to the history of political thought and a work that speaks to our times.

ISIS Beyond the Spectacle

ISIS Beyond the Spectacle
Author: Mehdi Semati,Piotr M. Szpunar,Robert Alan Brookey
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 142
Release: 2020-04-02
ISBN 10: 0429894945
ISBN 13: 9780429894947
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

ISIS Beyond the Spectacle Book Review:

What is ISIS? A quasi-state? A terrorist group? A movement? An ideology? As ISIS has transformed and mutated, gained and lost territory, horrified the world and been its punch line, media have been central to understanding it. The changing, yet constant, relationship between ISIS and the media, as well as its adversaries’ dependency on media to make sense of ISIS, is central to this book. More than just the images of mutilated bodies that garnered ISIS its initial infamy, the book considers an ISIS media world that includes infographics, administrative reports, and various depictions of a post-racial utopia in which justice is swift and candy is bought and sold with its own currency. The book reveals that the efforts of ISIS and its adversaries to communicate and make sense of this world share modes of visual, aesthetic, and journalistic practice and expression. The short tumultuous history of ISIS does not allow for a single approach to understanding its relation to media. Thus, the book’s contributions are to be read as contrapuntal analyses that productively connect and disconnect, providing a much-needed complex account of the ISIS-media relationship. This book was originally published as a special issue of Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Revelation

Revelation
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Canongate Books
Total Pages: 64
Release: 1999-01-01
ISBN 10: 0857861018
ISBN 13: 9780857861016
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Revelation Book Review:

The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.