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ISIS : a history

Author: Fawaz A Gerges
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2021.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New editionView all editions and formats
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"The Islamic State has stunned the world with its savagery, destructiveness, and military and recruiting successes. What explains the rise of ISIS, 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fawaz A Gerges
ISBN: 9780691211916 0691211914
OCLC Number: 1268128025
Notes: Previous edition: 2016.
"Expanded and with a new preface by the author" -- Cover.
Description: xviii, 386 ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface to the 2021 edition --
Down the rabbit hole and into the history of ISIS --
The world according to ISIS --
Where ISIS came from : Zarqawi to Baghdadi --
How broken Iraqi politics fueled the revival of ISIS --
Baghdadi's evolution : from invisible to infamous --
Baathists and ISIS Jihadists : who converted whom? --
How the Syrian War empowered ISIS --
Misappropriating the Arab Spring uprisings --
The Islamic State versus Al Qaeda : redefining Jihad and the transition from the global to the local --
Conclusion: the future of the Islamic State.
Responsibility: Fawaz A. Gerges.

Abstract:

"The Islamic State has stunned the world with its savagery, destructiveness, and military and recruiting successes. What explains the rise of ISIS, 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 unique history shows how decades of dictatorship, poverty, and rising sectarianism in the Middle East, exacerbated by foreign intervention, led to the rise and growth of ISIS--and why addressing those problems is the only way to ensure its end. An authoritative introduction to arguably the most important conflict in the world today, this is an essential book for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the social turmoil and political violence ravaging the Arab-Islamic world." -- Amazon.com.

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