Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate (Hardback)Abdel Bari Atwan (author)
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Based on extensive field research and exclusive interviews with IS insiders, Islamic State outlines the group's leadership structure, as well as its strategies, tactics, and diverse methods of recruitment. Atwan traces the Salafi-jihadi lineage of IS, its ideological differences with al Qaeda and the deadly rivalry that has emerged between their leaders. He 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 reemerged in cyberspace.
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.
Publisher: University of California Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 211 x 135 x 23 mm
"Based on visits to the Turkish-Syrian border, online interviews with jihadists, and the access to leaders he enjoys as one of the Arab world's most respected journalists, Atwan draws a convincing picture of the Islamic State as a well-run organization that combines bureaucratic efficiency and military expertise with a sophisticated use of information technology."--Malise Ruthven, "New York Review of Books "
"Deeply researched . . . Atwan provides a thorough overview of the group's structure, philosophy, and recruitment methods--particularly its digital media savvy. . . . Few readers of this painful, lucid account will quarrel with Atwan's assertions that Western ignorance, hypocrisy, and self-interest contributed to the rise of ISIS, and that there is little sign of Western leaders growing any wiser."--Publishers Weekly
"Accessible and interesting."--CHOICE
"Atwan's reporting is not predicated on his remarkable ability to get a high-profile interview. It's his intimate attention to the rank and file members of the fundamentalist organizations. . . . A fascinating tour of ISIS's crooked world."--Not Even Past
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