The Internationalization of ISIS: The Muslim State in Iraq and Syria (Hardback)
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The Internationalization of ISIS: The Muslim State in Iraq and Syria (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 30/04/2016
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An Islamic terrorist movement, ISIS (also dubbed IS or ISIL), has taken advantage of the chaotic "Arab Spring" in Syria and Iraq to declare an Islamic Caliphate wherever it has been able to rise to power. This movement is continuously attempting to extend the territory of its rule. The Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and the Libyan post-Qaddafi desert country have sworn allegiance to the Caliphate and every town that is captured by the fighting forces of ISIS is forced to submit to strict Islamic law.

The Caliphate movement is constantly increasing its power and influence. It is not only sustained by the thousands of local recruits, but it is reinforced by many thousands of Muslim minority youth dwelling abroad. These youths are charmed by the "purity" of its ideals and goals, its brutal and coercive ways, and its defiance of the West.

The United States, some "moderate" Arab allies in the Gulf, and some other international players, including Russia, have launched attacks against the ISIS forces to prevent them from further destroying the ancient cultures of Mosul and Palmyra, dedicated by UNESCO as part of the world heritage. Beyond that there does not seem to be any force capable of arresting their advance or checking their universal appeal to Muslims around the world. Israeli's pessimistic conclusion is that ISIS may be contending for power in the Middle East for many years to come, while threatening to become a centre of terrorist activity against the West.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412862738
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Will the self-declared caliphate be destroyed or will it self destruct? The disturbing answers can be found in a new book by Dr. Raphael Israeli. . . . As an historian of Islamic movements, Israeli addresses the grand sweep of the Islamic State rise in the vacuum created in both Syria and Iraq. It is based on the fatal attraction of the pure Salafism practiced under Shari'a by Islam's founder and successors. Israeli delves into the strategic difference with al-Qa'ida from whence it originally emerged in Iraq. He separately treats the metastasizing terror affiliates in Egypt's Sinai and Libya, as well as former Al Qa'ida affiliates in Africa, the AQIM and Boko Haram, who have sworn fealty to the self-declared Islamic State. Unlike al-Qa'ida that sprang from the success of Afghan rout of the Russians in 1989 backed by Wahhabist Saudi Arabia, Deobandi Pakistan with US CIA aid, the Islamic State holds land in which pure Islam can be practiced. Moreover, unlike al-Qa'ida it has wealth, admittedly stolen, to bolster its attraction across the globe."

--Jerry Gordon, The New English Review


-Will the self-declared caliphate be destroyed or will it self destruct? The disturbing answers can be found in a new book by Dr. Raphael Israeli. . . . As an historian of Islamic movements, Israeli addresses the grand sweep of the Islamic State rise in the vacuum created in both Syria and Iraq. It is based on the fatal attraction of the pure Salafism practiced under Shari'a by Islam's founder and successors. Israeli delves into the strategic difference with al-Qa'ida from whence it originally emerged in Iraq. He separately treats the metastasizing terror affiliates in Egypt's Sinai and Libya, as well as former Al Qa'ida affiliates in Africa, the AQIM and Boko Haram, who have sworn fealty to the self-declared Islamic State. Unlike al-Qa'ida that sprang from the success of Afghan rout of the Russians in 1989 backed by Wahhabist Saudi Arabia, Deobandi Pakistan with US CIA aid, the Islamic State holds land in which pure Islam can be practiced. Moreover, unlike al-Qa'ida it has wealth, admittedly stolen, to bolster its attraction across the globe.-

--Jerry Gordon, The New English Review

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