Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

De Haat Mag Niet Overslaan Naar Onze Straten: De Terreur Dreiging Door Islamitische Staat (Hatred Must Not Spill over into Our Streets: The Terror Threat by Islamic State)

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

De Haat Mag Niet Overslaan Naar Onze Straten: De Terreur Dreiging Door Islamitische Staat (Hatred Must Not Spill over into Our Streets: The Terror Threat by Islamic State)

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De Haat Mag Niet Overslaan Naar Onz e Straten: De Terreur Dreiging Door Islamitische Staat (Hatred Must Not Spill Over into Our Streets: The Terror Threat by Islamic State). By Emerson Vermaat. Soesterberg, Nether.: Uigevererij Aspekt, 2015. 272 pp. euro19.95, paper.

Dutch investigative reporter Vermaat's new book is meant to warn those in the West who, while appalled by the barbaric excesses of ISIS and like-minded groups, have yet to take the Islamist threat seriously. In Hatred Must Not Spill over into Our Streets, he meticulously details the genesis of ISIS, the psychology of its members, and the sociopolitical impact of their actions worldwide.

Vermaat is not shy about stating the root of the problem as he perceives it. He recounts the history of violence within Islam from the time of Muhammad until today and characterizes its "glorification of death as a religious and Satanic ritual." The author of several volumes on Nazism and the Holocaust, Vermaat draws parallels between ISIS and the Nazi SS, both of whose members believed that the "enemy was life itself."

Much of the book is devoted to stories of Western-based Muslims, male and female, who took part in jihad in Syria. …

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