“In the Crossfire of Terrorism: Islamic State” by Māris Kūlis

The book examines the background, formation and existence of the terroristic organization known as the Islamic State or ISIS, Daesh. It consists of an up-to-date overview of the Islamic State, it’s history and main ideas as well as a description of this organization in the context of philosophical, political, social, cultural movements in both the Middle East and the globalized world.

The book is structured in three parts accompanied with a prologue and an epilogue, as well as endnotes, a glossary, and a bibliography. The First part, “Soil”, is an overview of the main political, cultural and religious factors that have fostered the creation of the Salafi-jihadi movement. The Second part, “Creation”, is devoted to the history of the Islamic State. The Third part, “Idea”, investigates the religious, cultural, ideological, economic, and strategic ideas of the Islamic State.

Book is 523 pages, hard cover, size A5, printed in Jelgavas tipogrāfijā.
Book contains maps, pictures, diagrams, index, b&w and color pictures.
ISBN 978-9934-506-53-6

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The author has received official recognition from the University of Latvia on excellence of his book and the book has been included among the top 10 publications of University of Latvia in 2018

table of contents


First part. Soil

New Era

Hate triangle — Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia


Second part. Creation

Zarkawi — from petty gangster to the leader of the movement

Iraq war — the finest hours of Zarqawi

Humiliation of Iraq and the great chance for Zarqawi’s gang

The insurgency of Zarkawi’s mujahideen

On the brink of collapse

Islamic State in the Iraq and Levant


Triumph and Disaster

Third part. Idea



Islam of the Islamic State





The end without end




Authort of “In the Crossfire of Terrorism: Islamic State” is Maris Kulis, researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology University of Latvia.

  • Interview in newspaper Latvijas avīze (seet)
  • Interviews on humanities and security in journal Innovation (see)
  • Article in magazine Klubs, August 2018, pp. 36–40. (see)
  • Articles in Delfi (see 1 / see 2 / see 3)