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