Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

ISIS: An Introduction and Guide to the Islamic State

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

ISIS: An Introduction and Guide to the Islamic State

Article excerpt

ISIS: An Introduction and Guide to the Islamic State. By Brian L. Steed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016. 197 pages. Acid free $58 (ISBN 978-1-4408-4986-2). E-book available (978-1-4408-4987-9), call for pricing.

In the past two years there has been a proliferation of books aimed at educating readers about all aspects of ISIS and its development. While this work falls within this corpus, it is unique in its hybrid reference book format. The first part of the work provides nine sections of topical snapshots such as, "What Is In a Name?: IS, ISIS, ISIL, Da'ash," "The Attraction of ISIS," and "ISIS and the Media." Within some of these sections there are encyclopedic entries arranged topically, for instance under "Leaders of ISIS" four biographies are given. The next part of the work is a typical A-Z encyclopedia of nearly seventy people, places, and ideas associated with the group. The entries are subdivided into sections including, "What is important?" or "Why does it matter?" and "Key events in his life" when discussing people. For subjects covered earlier in the topical portion of the work, there are "see" references back to that section. There is a rather extensive chronology going as far back as fifteen years covering precursor events leading to the declaration of the Islamic State in June 2014. The volume has two maps covering ISIS activity and area of control, but would have been furthered had it included more detailed maps, especially date based maps of growth and decline. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.