Islamic State: Its History, Ideology and Challenge (Paperback)

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Islamic State: Its History, Ideology and Challenge (Paperback)

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The rise of the Islamic State (IS) has fundamentally altered the reality of the contemporary Middle East. Part radical jihadists and part revolutionary government, IS, in the space of eighteen months, has carved out a territorial domain comparable to that of Great Britain, with a population of over eight million people. Equally at home with cutting edge social media, while advocating a return to a more traditional Muslim society, it is rapidly transforming its domain into a twenty-first century reincarnation of a thirteenth century Islamic caliphate. In the process IS has morphed into a political entity never before seen-a terrorist nation, complete with its own army, currency, and passports-committed to a revolutionary strategy of creating a new Islamic caliphate in the historic lands of the Muslim Arab Empires of the ninth to the thirteenth century. This new caliphate, stretching from the Iberian Peninsula to the Indian subcontinent, is but a first step toward its declared strategy of a worldwide conquest that will ultimately lead to the Islamization of the globe. It has amassed billions of dollars in assets, and what appears, at least on paper, to be a well-armed, formidable army. In the process, not only has it plunged both Syria and Iraq into civil war, but has made them the epicenter of a broader Sunni-Shia rivalry that threatens to plunge the Muslim world into a global conflict. Its unspeakable brutality, its genocidal policies, and its murderous record are unmatched by any regime since Pol Pot or Nazi Germany. Its rise has upended the traditional politics of the Middle East, creating tensions between long standing allies while making reluctant, if not surreptitious, allies of long standing rivals like the United States and Iran. This collection of essays, most of which appeared in print during the winter of 2015, look at the origins of the Islamic State, its evolution from the jihadist group Tawhid and Jihad to, first, al-Qaeda in Iraq, then Islamic State in Iraq (ISI) followed by Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and finally Islamic State (IS). We will also look at its strategy and tactics during the Syrian and then the Iraqi civil war, and the implications of its rise on the contemporary Middle East. This is not a book in the conventional sense as much as an ongoing "work in progress." It is too early to write the definitive history of the Islamic State. There is little information available beyond what has been reported in the public media. Most intelligence agencies are still protecting their sources, both to maintain their relevancy, and also their safety. Interviews of individuals who have direct knowledge of events is often times impossible and, even when it is feasible, often times poses risks to both the interviewee and their interviewer. Moreover, the situation is sufficiently fluid and complex, that any "book" will quickly lose its relevancy. Instead it's my intention to keep updating this work as the situation in the Middle East develops and as new facts come to life. A separate chapter on the ideology of jihadism and Islamic State will be added at a later date.
Joseph V. Micallef is a historian, best selling author, keynote speaker and commentator on military and international affairs. He has produced, directed or written dozens of documentary programs on military history and world politics as well as written a a number of books. Mr. Micallef holds a Graduate Degree (M.Sc.) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. He has lectured extensively on military history and world affairs at a variety of venues including the Institute of Strategic Studies (London), the NATO War (Defense) College (Rome), and the Italian Institute of International Affairs (Rome), and at universities around the world, He is a member of the National Speakers Association and has often been called upon to be a key note speaker for a variety of business and professional organizations. He has also appeared on a variety of broadcast venues including Fox News and Fox News radio. Among his recent books are Understanding World War One: A Concise History (2014), Islamic State: Its History, Ideology and Challenge (2015), Scotch Whisky: Its History, Production and Appreciation (2015). A new book, Leadership in Uncertain Times: Management in an Opaque Future is forthcoming He covered Mediterranean and Middle East Politics, including the civil war in Chad, for the International Daily News in Rome (1978-80). Mr. Micallef has also frequently spoken on the history of food, wine and spirits. He holds the Advanced Certificate (with Merit) in Wine and Spirits and the Professional Certificate in Spirits (with Distinction) from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (London). He is currently a candidate for the Diploma in Wine and Spirits. He is fluent in Italian, and English, and has a working knowledge of French, Maltese and Spanish and some proficiency in Arabic and German.
Product Details ISBN: 9780994757128
ISBN-10: 0994757123
Publisher: Antioch Downs Press
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Pages: 118
Language: English