Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Internationalization of ISIS: The Muslim State in Iraq and Syria

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Internationalization of ISIS: The Muslim State in Iraq and Syria

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The Internationalization of ISIS: The Muslim State in Iraq and Syria. By Raphael Israeli. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2016. 287 pp. $79.95.

Israeli's book reads more like an attempt to cash in on interest in the Islamic State than a serious investigation into the phenomenon. Besides being a re-articulation of the author's own prejudices (e.g., there is no such thing as "moderate Islam"), much of the book comprises rambling disquisitions that provide no insight into the Islamic State; long paraphrases of single articles written and published by others; precious little by way of citations to support his arguments, and virtually no engagement of primary sources in Arabic.

On the subject of the Islamic State, basic errors immediately arise. Ansar alShari'a in Libya is aligned with al-Qaeda, and has not pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. The Islamic State did not begin "as a subordinate to [Syrian-based] Jabhat alNusra in early 2011. …

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