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ISIS : an introduction and guide to the Islamic State

Author: Brian L Steed
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : An imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2016]
Series: Gale virtual reference library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book provides an introduction that documents the origins of ISIS within the larger Al Qaeda organization during the Iraq War. It discusses the origins, development, and territorial expansion of ISIS in Syria and Iraq and examines the ideological motivations behind the emergence of ISIS.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Steed, Brian L.
ISIS.
Santa Barbara, California : An imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2016
(DLC) 2016005650
(OCoLC)933272079
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian L Steed
ISBN: 9781440849879 1440849870
OCLC Number: 950459855
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 197 pages) : maps
Contents: Introduction: The significance of ISIS --
What's in a name? : IS, ISIS, ISIL, Da'ash --
What is ISIS? --
Leaders of ISIS --
The history and operations of ISIS : Iraq to Syria to Iraq again --
Ideas behind ISIS --
Enemies of ISIS --
The attraction of ISIS --
Allegiance to ISIS : the loyal following --
ISIS and the media --
Life in the Islamic State --
Is ISIS a state? --
Reference entries.
Series Title: Gale virtual reference library.
Responsibility: Brian L. Steed.

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The book provides an introduction that documents the origins of ISIS within the larger Al Qaeda organization during the Iraq War. It discusses the origins, development, and territorial expansion of ISIS in Syria and Iraq and examines the ideological motivations behind the emergence of ISIS.

"ISIS--also referred to as ISIL, the Islamic State, or Daesh--began to assert its power and gain recognition for its militant and terroristic activities in April 2013. After the coordinated attacks in Paris on November 13th, 2015, ISIS has captured the full attention of observers in the West. This accessible book explains what ISIS is, what the group's goals are, what their members believe, and why their ranks are growing. Readers will gain an understanding of how ISIS is a unique group--one seeking to be the army of the righteous fighting to defeat the unbelievers and usher in the end of days--but that the extremist views of ISIS are an expression of a growing frustration with life in the Middle East and elsewhere shared by a larger community of non-state and post-state actors. The book provides an introduction that documents the origins of ISIS within the larger Al Qaeda organization during the Iraq War. The following chapters discuss the origins, development, and territorial expansion of ISIS in Syria and Iraq and examine the ideological motivations behind the emergence of ISIS, thereby enabling a nuanced understanding of the importance of ISIS in contemporary history. Other entries discuss individuals, events, and organizations that put ISIS in historical context in terms of contemporary events since the Iraq War into the present and explain the group's position within the complex conflict currently boiling in the Middle East."--Provided by publisher.

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