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Title:
ISIS : the state of terror
Author:
Stern, Jessica, 1958- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Ecco Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Physical Description:
xxii, 385 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"Two of America's leading experts on violent extremism and terrorism explain the genesis, evolution, and implications of today's most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State--and how we can fight it"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062395542
Format :
Book

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The Islamic State, known as ISIS, exploded into the public eye in 2014 with startling speed and shocking brutality. It has captured the imagination of the global jihadist movement, attracting recruits in unprecedented numbers and wreaking bloody destruction with a sadistic glee that has alienated even the hardcore terrorists of its parent organization, al Qaeda.

Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger, two of America's leading experts on terrorism, dissect the new model for violent extremism that ISIS has leveraged into an empire of death in Iraq and Syria, and an international network that is rapidly expanding in the Middle East, North Africa and around the world.

ISIS: The State of Terror traces the ideological innovations that the group deploys to recruit unprecedented numbers of Westerners, the composition of its infamous snuff videos, and the technological tools it exploits on social media to broadcast its atrocities, and its recruiting pitch to the world, including its success at attracting thousands of Western adherents. The authors examine ISIS's predatory abuse of women and children and its use of horror to manipulate world leaders and its own adherents as it builds its twisted society. The authors offer a much-needed perspective on how world leaders should prioritize and respond to ISIS's deliberate and insidious provocations.


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The so-called Islamic State, better known in the West as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), catapulted itself to Western attention in the summer of 2014 by posting gruesome videos of beheadings on social media and capturing cities in Iraq and Syria. As the authors of this highly informative and timely tome demonstrate, however, the story of ISIS did not begin in 2014. Stern (public policy, Harvard Univ.; Terror in the Name of God) and Berger (nonresident fellow, Brookings Institution; Jihad Joe) are among the foremost experts on violent extremism, and in this book they do an excellent job of examining the ideological and sociopolitical roots of a terrorist movement that is still shrouded in mystery to much of the Western world. Relying on a variety of references, including information derived from jihadist online sources and social media, they provide an in-depth account of the genesis and development of ISIS and analyze its rise and metamorphosis in the context of the post-Iraq War era in the region. -VERDICT Essential reading for American policymakers, journalists, and the public at large. [See Prepub Alert, 9/22/14.]-Nader Entessar, Univ. of South Alabama, Mobile © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Glossaryp. ix
Timelinep. xv
A Note on Sourcingp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 The Rise and Fall of Al Qaeda in Iraqp. 13
Chapter 2 The Rise of ISISp. 33
Chapter 3 From Vanguard to Smart Mobp. 53
Chapter 4 The Foreign Fightersp. 75
Chapter 5 The Messagep. 101
Chapter 6 Jihad Goes Socialp. 127
Chapter 7 The Electronic Brigadesp. 147
Chapter 8 The AQ-ISIS Warp. 177
Chapter 9 ISIS's Psychological Warfarep. 199
Chapter 10 The Coming Final Battle?p. 219
Chapter 11 The State of Terrorp. 233
Appendixp. 257
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
Notesp. 287
Indexp. 371