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An authoritative introduction to ISIS—now expanded and revised to bring events up to the present

The Islamic State stunned the world with its savagery, destructiveness, and military and recruiting successes. However, its most striking and distinctive characteristic was its capacity to build governing institutions and a theologically grounded national identity. What explains the rise of ISIS and the caliphate, and what does it portend for the future of the Middle East? In this book, one of the world’s leading authorities on political Islam and jihadism sheds new light on these questions. Moving beyond journalistic accounts, Fawaz Gerges provides a clear and compelling explanation of the deeper conditions that fuel ISIS. This new edition brings the story of ISIS to the present, covering key events—from the military defeat of its territorial state to the death of its leader al-Baghdadi—and analyzing how the ongoing Syrian, Iraqi, and Saudi-Iranian conflict could lead to ISIS’s revival.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Critics' Praise
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iv-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface to the 2021 Edition
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Introduction: Down the Rabbit Hole and into the History of ISIS
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 1. The World According to ISIS
  2. pp. 27-53
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  1. 2. Where ISIS Came From: Zarqawi to Baghdadi
  2. pp. 54-101
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  1. 3. How Broken Iraqi Politics Fueled the Revival of ISIS
  2. pp. 102-132
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  1. 4. Baghdadi's Evolution: From Invisible to Infamous
  2. pp. 133-147
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  1. 5. Baathists and ISIS Jihadists: Who Converted Whom?
  2. pp. 148-173
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  1. 6. How the Syrian War Empowered ISIS
  2. pp. 174-205
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  1. 7. Misappropriating the Arab Spring Uprisings
  2. pp. 206-226
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  1. 8. The Islamic State versus Al Qaeda: Redefining Jihad and the Transition from the Global to the Local
  2. pp. 227-271
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  1. Conclusion: The Future of the Islamic State
  2. pp. 272-306
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 307-370
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780691211923
Related ISBN(s)
9780691211916
MARC Record
OCLC
1273975245
Pages
424
Launched on MUSE
2022-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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