The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State

The ISIS Apocalypse The History Strategy and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State The so called Islamic State or ISIS has inspired young men and women all over the world to commit horrible atrocities in its name By the thousands they have flooded into the Islamic State s strongh

  • Title: The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
  • Author: William McCants
  • ISBN: 9781250080905
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The so called Islamic State, or ISIS, has inspired young men and women all over the world to commit horrible atrocities in its name By the thousands, they have flooded into the Islamic State s stronghold in Syria and Iraq and carried out attacks under its black banner in nearly every continent How has the Islamic State surpassed al Qaeda to become the most popular jihadiThe so called Islamic State, or ISIS, has inspired young men and women all over the world to commit horrible atrocities in its name By the thousands, they have flooded into the Islamic State s stronghold in Syria and Iraq and carried out attacks under its black banner in nearly every continent How has the Islamic State surpassed al Qaeda to become the most popular jihadist group on the planet Its chilling mission is very specific bring the immediate return of the Islamic empire and look ahead to the imminent end of days These two powerful religious ideas, combined with a highly intelligent, meticulously organized membership, account for its popularity and shape its behavior Its goal is not only to revive this Islamic empire but also usher in the End of Times a concept that means ISIS anticipates a final battle that will restore the Muslim community to its medieval glory days And they will not stop until they achieve their mission.Based almost entirely on primary sources in Arabic including exclusive al Qaeda memos that have not been made public before The ISIS Apocalypse by William McCants explores how these two powerful ideas shaped the Islamic State s past and foreshadows its dark future, as well as seeks to explain the popularity of the Islamic State and its violent, terrifying behavior.

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    1. One of the surprising effects of reading this book was to make me nostalgic for the good old days of Bin Laden.William McCants makes it clear that—compared to The Islamic State—al-Quaeda had an enlightened, humane view of jihad. Just like the U.S. in Vietnam (my comparison, not McCants') al-Quaeda was concerned with winning the “hearts and minds” of the occupied territories. It stressed the importance of public welfare as well as public order, and advocated merciful judges who would enfo [...]

    2. Impressive and well-informed history of the so-called Islamic State - describes the rise of its millenarian beliefs after the US invasion of Iraq; the use of hadiths (many times with dubious interpretation of prophecy to justify its claims); its schism with Al-Qaeda; its political ideology and use of imagery from the Abbasid caliphate; and the history of specific political struggles. Nearly half the book is a list of citations, with a few primary documents added as well.

    3. The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State by William McCants is the history of growth the Islamic State movement. McCants is a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of its Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution. He is also adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University and has held various government and think tank positions related to Islam, the Middle East, and terrorism. From 2009 to 2011, McCant [...]

    4. This book stands out in the ISIS-hysteria genre because it relies extensively on primary sources, particularly on captured documents from al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq, and others. The author demonstrates convincingly that the key difference between ISIS and al Qaeda central appears to be strategic, not ideological: AQ believes (or has come to believe) that hearts and minds must be won prior to construction of an Islamic state, whereas ISIS believes in establishing such a state by fiat and [...]

    5. Received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really, really liked this book. I learned so much I didn't know before. The author did a magnificient job laying out the material and information about ISIS. I would definitely recommend this book to all!

    6. A meticulously sourced history of the "Islamic State" from its beginnings during the Iraq War til today, taking a look at its origins, operations, as well as its apocalyptic motives and justifications. It is certainly a superior book to Hassan and Weiss's offering on the subject, as it appears admirably free of overt partisan motive. McCants is a great scholar of Arab Islam generally, he would've simply been described as an Arabist were it not for the GWOT, and seemingly every line of this book [...]

    7. Since 2014 a number of interesting works have appeared that try to explain the background history of the rise of the Islamic State(ISIS) and why it has been successful to date. William McCants, the Director of the Project on U.S. relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution has added his new book, THE ISIS APOCALYPSE: THE HISTORY, STRATEGY AND DOOMSDAY VISION OF THE ISLAMIC STATE to that genre. What separates McCants monograph from the others is his emphasis on the role of Islam [...]

    8. My review of this book is for the "advance uncorrected proof" that I won in a giveaway.This book is good, no doubt, and will offer a lot of behind-the-scenes info about the founding of the so-called Islamic State, how it relates to al-Qaeda and other groups, and lots of other juicy stuff. One big appeal of the book is the fact that it contains translations of many documents that were previously available only in Arabic, including those between leaders of ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other related groups [...]

    9. تمتلئ المكتبة العالمية بالعديد من الكتب التي تحلل نشأة وبزوغ وسمتقبل تنظيم داعش الإرهابي. ما يميز هذا الكتاب الرصين أن تركيزه لا ينصب فقط على السرد السريع للظروف السياسية والأمنية وراء صعود داعش، بل يغوص الكتاب عميقاً نحو الجذور الثقافية والدينية والتاريخية وراء قصة داعش. [...]

    10. Μια μελέτη της ανάπτυξης του λεγόμενου Ισλαμικού Χαλιφατου. Ο συγγραφέας ξεκινά απο την δεκαετία του '90 όταν ακόμη δεν είχε σχηματιστεί ολοκληρωμένο ισλαμικό κίνημα με σκοπο την εγκαθίδρυση κράτους και φτάνει μέχρι τις μέρες μας. Ειναι πράγματι εντυπωσιακό να βλέπεις πως [...]

    11. This was an interesting short introduction to the history of the formation of ISIS. Much of the story of their motivation was covered in Graeme Wood's excellent article What ISIS Really Wants, but McCants sheds light on the formation of ISIS, its relation to Nusra and other AQ franchises, and also positions ISIS in the constellation of jihadist organizations.It has been pointed out in other reviews that this book breezes over the local political environment (aka the US-backed leaders and US-lead [...]

    12. After recently reading books based in the middle east, about the war in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and hearing of all of the recent terror attacks all over the world --which ISIS claimed responsibility, I was interested in learning more about Muslim history in the world where each terror group came from and why they seem set on destroying humanity. I learned a lot--I had no idea there were so many different prophecies or that the Muslim history was so long and bloody. That some prophecies contrad [...]

    13. A really good take on the advent and rise of the Islamic State aka ISIS. Scholarly in some parts but with the subject it's addressing, it's bound to be. Now waiting for the sequel chronicling the demise!

    14. William McCants’ history and analysis of Daesh highlights just how unique Daesh is among Islamic jihadist movements. Whereas Al-Qaeda and other jihadist movements sought to foster popular support among local populations before declaring a caliphate, McCants shows how Daesh disregarded this conventional thinking and opted for extreme brutality instead. McCants also stresses just how incredibly important apocalyptic prophecy is to Daesh, and he shows how this goal of fulfilling prophecy is drivi [...]

    15. Much of the discussion about ISIS seems to be framed in terms of good and evil: we're the good guys, they're the bad guys, so we need to figure out what to do to destroy them. I relate to this characterization; it is certainly how I feel at an instinctual, emotional and moral level.Yet I don't think this will be productive in truly understanding the nature of the enemy, and it is only through such deep understanding that victory can be won in any meaningful sense. McCants' book is a step in that [...]

    16. Title: The ISIS ApocalypseAuthor: William McCantsISBN: 978-1-250-08090-5Publisher: St Martin’s PressYear: 2015HardcoverPages: 242Photos/Maps: 0The War on Terror has prompted the drafting of hundred’s of books covering all facets of the cause and personalities surrounding ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban etc; however, one area that has received little to no ‘accessible – to the layman’ interpretation has been a religious analysis of the driving doctrine behind the various groups. McCant’s [...]

    17. An insightful study on an emerging threat to the region in which it grows and--as evidenced by recent events in Europe and perhaps in America--to the greater Western World.The author blends his knowledge of middle eastern culture, Islamic theology, language, and diplomatic analysis, with well-referenced research and declassified Jihadist communications to present a thorough, although somewhat one-dimensional description of the prophetic genesis and apocalyptic goals of ISIS.While understanding t [...]

    18. The book follows the evolution of ISIS ideology and strategic thinking, providing rich historic and scriptural background. It does not dwell on gory details, extravagant theories or geopolitical musings. On the contrary - it takes a very somber and minimalistic approach, mostly excavating the digital dust generated by jihad - mails between jihadi leaders, social media posts by mujahed fan-boys, trendy books on insurgence and capturing and ruling territories, etc.The essential debate (mostly amon [...]

    19. William McCants traces the genesis of Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda and the jihadist factions that arose as affiliate groups in Africa, Somalia, the Arabian Peninsula, and Syria. The author examines how internal leadership tensions, lack of real communication lines, and conflicts over financing and levels of acceptable violence, in addition to American interventions, lead to the weakening of al-Qaeda. The book details how the failures of al-Qaeda, the rise of the Arab Spring, and the increased rese [...]

    20. Kniha popisuje nástup Islamského štátu, akým spôsobom dokázal získavať popularitu medzi zahraničnými mudžahídmi a akým spôsobom získal a ovládol dobyté územie.Zaoberá sa historickým vývojom k vzniku tohto zoskupenia aj jeho ideologickými zdrojmi. Najmä myšlienka apokalypsy a ako je vnímaná cez rôzne zdroje Islamu je tu veľmi dobre popísaná. Z týchto hľadísk dokázal autor posúdiť východiská a ciele IS a porovnať ich s východiskami a cieľmi jeho pomyselný [...]

    21. Despite its slightly over-egged title, this is a straightforward, easy-to-read account of what IS is, how it came about, and what it hopes to do. I was looking for something that didn't take a left/right view on IS and this filled the bill. There is so much hyperbole surrounding IS - our own former PM relished using his self-coined epithet "the Daesh death cult" at every possible opportunity. But while many of our freedoms and much of our privacy is being lost as governments take cynical advanta [...]

    22. Well informed and highly relevant. If you want to understand wtf is going on you need to read this. Certainly changed some of my well entrenched views on the topic. I never really brought into the highly divided Muslim world line, but after reading this I do understand how divided it is, and why. I also begrudgingly have changed my mind on blowing them up with overwhelming military firepower. That is exactly what they want, and will only exasperate the whole situation. An absolute dogs breakfast [...]

    23. 4+ stars as a primer book on what is known about IS, which I think most people would find incredibly useful, merging ancient Hadiths and Twitter (and more) to track the conversation inside the jihadist world about IS and other organizations. The addition of four appendices explaining / laying out his sources is also interesting. Tip up to 5 is the interview a colleague and I had with him about how he put this book (and other work) together, available here: sourcesandmethods/podc

    24. People often ask, "What does ISIS want?" Will McCants lays out their apocalyptic vision - highlighting all the hypocrisies along the way. ISIS is indeed following the Machiavellian dictum, "it is far safer to be feared than loved," and it's working to some degree. Will is a smart & qualified analyst - as he says, he will be your "guide proficient in Islamic theory and history, modern jihadism, clandestine bureaucracies, and Arabic."

    25. Cant confirm this as an enjoyable read. I can say that it was an insightful one.The Islamic State's goal is pure and simply. Cause western countries (The U.S Great Britain, and most of Europe) to over reach militarily and exhaust themselves financially. Once broken down financially then the Islamic state will move in for the real kill.

    26. Þetta er nú ekki mjöh löng bók og satt að segja las ég aðeins hálfa bókina því seinni helmingurinn er eingöngu þýðing á einhverjum heimsendaspám sem rugludallarnir í ISIS virðast margir trúa á. Bókin fjallar um sögu samtakanna og hún er fróðleg (og þá ekki síður skírskotanirnar í fyrri sögu múslíma) en ég hefði viljað fræðast meira um daglegt líf í "kalífaríkinu".

    27. An excellent primer on ISIS - just in time for the election. If you are one of those people who think that the U.S. can solve problems in the Middle East by bombing them away, its time to educate yourself.

    28. A fairly simplistic overview of ISIS with far too much reliance on the discourse on social media and online forums - this is a book to read if you've never heard of the group, but doesn't provide any great understanding.

    29. To be sure, the best book on ISIS so far, but left me frustrated. It's very good on the theological justifications of the ISIS leaders, but little else. The brief passages about everything else feel like hurried afterthoughts.

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