Academic journal article et Cetera

The Islamist Phoenix: The Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Islamist Phoenix: The Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East

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Loretta Napoleoni. The Islamist Phoenix: The Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press, 2014.

The Islamic State [aka Islamic State (IS), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], a group that has ascended from the ashes of failed jihadist enterprises, is on the march through Iraq and Syria. Its main objective is to establish a twenty-first century version of the original Caliphate. How IS is doing that and what can be done to arrest its progress is the main thesis of this book, which demonstrates that for IS the current map of the Middle East is not a representation they would like to preserve.

The rise of the armed organization that in June 2014 took the name of Islamic State has been rapid and for the most part unobserved in the West, despite the fact that in the last 4 years IS has gobbled up huge amounts of land in Iraq and Syria-countries that were carved out of the Ottoman Empire by the British and French after World War I. IS, a Sunni Muslim organization, wants this territory for the same reason Zionists wanted to establish the state of Israel, to have a nation in their ancient land, reclaimed in modern times (unlike the Zionists, however, conversion or banishment from the new state is a prerequisite for IS-and beheading is a favored tactic). …

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