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William McCants: The ISIS Apocalypse

The reason for ISIS's success is that violence and fear work, says Near East expert William McCants.

William McCants: The ISIS Apocalypse. The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State. St. Martins Press, 2015

William McCants holds a Ph.D. in Near East Studies from Princeton University, and is leading a project dealing with the United States' relationship with the Islamic world. The ISIS Apocalypse. The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State emphasizes explaining the religious thinking that underlies ISIS, the organization's goal of creating a caliphate, as well as the apocalyptic tradition ISIS is characterized by.
How has ISIS managed to recruit so many suicide bombers under Abu Bakhr al-Baghdadi's leadership, and how has the organization managed to create such an effective state? McCant's answer is, "Because violence and gore work."

The symbols. ISIS called its first commander of the "commander of the faithful," to promote him as a kind of modern caliph. ISIS links its history back to the ancient prophets, and the ultimate goal is to fulfill the end-time prophecies outlined in the Qur'an or Islam's other sacred texts. This has been done by ISIS across the will of the people, but through the help and support of other extremist organizations.
ISIS has since the beginning called itself a "state", among other things to encourage its supporters to look at ISIS as a kind of protocol caliphate. "State" in Arabic is called "dawla", which can mean both a nation's state, or a kind of medieval. . .

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